April 30, 2012

ELVIS COSTELLO - Melbourne, FL - April 23rd, 2012

ELVIS COSTELLO and The Imposters
The King Center for Performing Arts
Melbourne, Florida - April, 23rd, 2012

 "Now that your picture's in the paper being rhythmically admired
and you can have anyone that you have ever desired,
all you gotta tell me now is why, why, why, why

From first time I heard those opening lines of Elvis Costello's "Welcome to the Working Week",
(the opening track for his debut album MY AIM IS TRUE released in March '78), 
to the majestic closing track "Watching The Detectives" I was hooked!

Although it took nearly exactly 34 years later for me to finally see 
Mr. Costello perform live, it was truly well worth the wait. 
So much in fact, I wish I went to the next show too!


Elvis is currently in the middle of his REVOLVER TOUR (a concept 
he's revived after 24 years), and he is showing no signs of slowing down.


In the 'Wheel' tour format, Elvis typically opens 4-5 preselected tunes.
In this case I Hope You're Happy Now, Heart Of The City, Mystery Dance,and Radio Radio.


Then his assistant Leslie pulls someone out of the audience to spin the wheel. 
 The spins of the wheel could determine either song titles or themes.

The first spin in Melbourne landed on the "I Can Sing A Rainbow" jackpot...
from that selection Elvis performed Greenshirt, Red Shoes, and Almost Blue.


The third 'contestant' selected turned out to be our friend (and fellow WFIT
radio announcer "The Sandman", Jack Garrison! 


Sandman landed on the theme "Time" from which The King performed
Strict Time, Man Out Of Time, and Out Of Time (the Stones cover!.)

Jack was invited to sit in the 'society lounge', and enjoy a beverage, but it wasn't
long before he made his way to the 'Hostage d'fortune' Go-Go Cage'! He done us proud.


featuring the former Mother Superior of Our Lady of Perpetual Torment, 
Dixie De La Fontaine

I Hope You're Happy Now
Heart Of The City
Mystery Dance
Radio Radio

SPIN 1 -"I Can SIng A Rainbow" - Jackpot 
Red Shoes
Almost Blue

SPIN 2 -So Like Candy
So Like Candy
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - IMPROMPTU

SPIN 3 - "Time" - Jackpot
Strict Time
Man Out Of Time
Out Of Time

SPIN 4 -"Toussaint"
Nearer To You

SPIN 5 - "Crime and Punishment" 
Condemned Man
Watching The Detectives/Help Me

SPIN 6 - "Alison"
Everyday I Write The Book - IMPROMPTU

A Slow Drag With Josephine
Jimmie Standing In The Rain
Church Underground - Napoleon Solo

SPIN 7 - "Joanna" Jackpot
I Still Have That Other Girl
Talking In The Dark

The Hammer Of Songs
Episode Of Blonde
Pump It Up
Peace, Love And Understanding/Substitute/Peace, Love And Understanding


Elvis, Thank you so much for the amazing show, all the great albums, 
shaking my hand, and signing my artwork for me! 
Hopefully next time we can do that interview.....

Elvis Costello has a new Live CD out...

 Don't forget to visit Elvis On-Line:


December 18, 2011


"No More MR. Nice Guy" Tour
Hard Rock Live
Orlando - December 14th, 2011

Artwork by Java John
Photos by Dylan & Java John Goldacker

My fifth time seeing the "Godfather of Shock-Rock" in concert in 36 years, was no less exciting than the very first ("Welcome to my Nightmare") or any of the others, as a matter of fact, it quite possibly could have been the best of them all!
Something that made the night very special was the fact that I had my son, Dylan with me. At 14 he's only slightly younger than I was the first time I saw Alice (at the Hollywood [FL] Sportatorium, April 18th 1975, with Suzi Quatro opening) . For most of the show Dylan was on his feet singing, rocking, and taking pictures...makes a father proud!
One of the many highlights of the evening was the opening act, a rocking London based five piece band called LIVAN. Great songs, a lot of power, and the lead vocalist, the band's namesake, has an exciting stage presence reminiscent of Freddy Mercury, or even Alice himself. I'm looking forward to an interview with LIVAN after the first of the year.
Alice's band is tighter than ever, especially with the addition of the beautiful, and amazing ORIANTHI on lead guitar! Wow what a talent. Ori is best known for her hit single "According To You", and her work with Michael Jackson for the "This Is It" tour that was never to be (see the DVD for "This Is It").
Orianthi was performing right in front of my son and I (we happened to be in the front row!), and we even gave her an Alice 'troll' doll that I made and he kicked around on stage a short time earlier. She spent the first part of the evening with a scowl and fake blood on her face (no doubt trying to live up to the "Nightmare" mystique!). Eventually she loosened up, slyly sharing her gorgeous smile...and plenty of guitar picks!
The show opened up with VINCENT PRICE'S voice...speaking an intro to "The Black Widow". Followed up by "Brutal Planet", "I'm Eighteen", and "Under My Wheels". Next came everybody's favorite "Billion Dollar Babies", during which Alice flings "Cooper Cash" off his sword into the audience...Dylan and I both managed to get our hands on a few!
Halfway through the show Alice played "I'll Bite Your Face Off", the only track he was to play off his new album "Welcome 2 My nightmare". I really like the CD, though it does not remind me enough of the fist "Nightmare" album. But, I did think a better choice would have been for him to play "What Baby Wants" off the new disc. An awesome song with which he shares vocal duties with Ke$ha on...maybe Orianthi could have sang it on stage. Several songs that surprised me in the set list was the ancient "Halo of Flies", his 'new wave' hit "Clones (we're all)", and "Feed My Frankenstein"...which featured a very kool giant 'frankensteined' version of Alice(?)!
After a Full Set that also included "Cold Ethyl", "Muscle of Love", and "Poison", Alice came back with the double-punch encores of "School's Out", (and another fave of mine) "Elected". The former added the chorus from Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Pt.2", and the latter with Alice (the all-American boy) clad in red white and blue, waving a huge flag. I'd vote for him. Again!The Setlist:
(Vincent Price Intro) Black Widow
Brutal Planet
I'm Eighteen
Under My Wheels
Billion Dollar Babies
No More Mr Nice Guy
Hey Stoopid
Is It My Body
Halo Of Flies
I'll Bite Your Face Off
Muscle Of Love
Only Women Bleed
Cold Ethyl
Feed My Frankenstein
Clones (We're All)
Wicked Young Man / Killer - I Love The Dead (excerpt)
School's Out (incorporating 'Another Brick In The Wall pt 2')



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