Elvis Costello & The Imposters | Preview
The SSE Arena, Belfast • Tuesday 19 July 2016
By Cara Gibney
Elvis Costello brought us geek chic way back in the 1970s. The term was more commonly phrased as ‘the skinny fella with the glasses’, but it meant the same thing.
He was a very specific mongrel; part poindexter, part back-to-basics pub rock angry boy. Despite the cross-breed though, his pedigree was indisputable. His 1977 debut, My Aim Is True, was produced by Nick Lowe, released on Stiff Records, and launched amidst a bevy of that year’s punk/new wave releases including the Sex Pistols and the Damned.
However, My Aim Is True was different. While his peers were kicking the tables over (and we of a certain age know too well how much we loved and needed the kicking over of said tables), Costello’s ire involved a different song craft, a different level of being tuned into his very particular sound. It gave us a second or third layer to the message.
Fast forward nearly 40 years over which Costello has shape shifted from new wave to country to R&B, amongst various manifestations. He has collaborated with Johnny Cash, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney and Burt Bacharach, and in 2002 he started touring with The Imposters, with whom he will be performing in Belfast.
It’s Elvis Costello & The Imposters’ first time playing in a theatre format at the SSE Arena. Playing both older and newer songs from their catalogue, the show will be a much more intimate affair for a crew who have been enjoying huge success around the world with their live performances.
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