Elvis Costello. Sheffield City Hall 2017

Great night last night at Sheffield City Hall watching Elvis Costello on the very final night of his solo tour . A 2 1/2 hour 28 song set , a mixture of hits and other songs interspersed with autobiographical stories of his family and musical background. Elvis is very quick to point out that this show is totally different every night and having seen a version of this show two years ago I can tell you that both experiences where equally good but very different. I feel that you could see the show multiple times and get something different out of it every time. Tonight probably with it being the very final night of this adventure Elvis seemed in more of a reflective mood than usual telling stories of the places he has been on this tour , informing the audience how much he has enjoying it all being able to tell stories about his family particularly around his dad. Elvis even reminisced about his past experiences playing at Sheffield City Hall , a venue which he has played it a few times over the years . The highlight from tonight’s set for me and many others happened when Costello picked up an acoustic guitar and said “I don’t know what things have gone on on this stage over the years but I know you don’t need electricity in here” , He then proceeded to play a beautiful version of “Alison” off mic which brought the house down. Other highlights of which there were many,included a musical tribute to Chuck Berry closely followed by “Pump it up”. After 2 1/2 hours you would think a good rest would be in order,oh no, 15 or 20 minutes later he’s outside the stage door meeting his fans signing autographs and chatting to everybody what a legend. If there’s one thing we have learned from tonight it is proof that Elvis Costello is one of Britain’s, if not Britain’s greatest living songwriter , just take a look at this at this set list.

Elvis Costello Sheffield City Hall 2017

01. This Year’s Girl
02. Green Shirt
03. Poison Moon
04. Church Underground
05. Stella Hurt
06. Everyday I Write The Book
07. Cinco Minutos Con Vos / Shipbuilding
08. Stripping Paper
09. Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
10. A Face In The Crowd
11. Walkin’ My Baby Back Home
12. Forbidden Nights
13. Ghost Train
14. Watching The Detectives
15. No Particular Place To Go
16. Pump It Up – including Too Much Monkey Business and Subterranean Homesick Blues
17. Alison – off-mic
18. Blood & Hot Sauce
19. No Man’s Woman
20. Oliver’s Army
21. Indoor Fireworks
22. 45
23. Jimmie Standing In The Rain – including Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
24. Vitajex – on ukulele
25. She
26. Accidents Will Happen
27. I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down
28. Tramp The Dirt Down

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