Elvis Costello played what I would call a downsized show at the Wiltern on Nov. 29. Costello is the type of artist that typically plays venues 4,000 seats and up whereas the Wiltern is just under 2,000 so of course it sold out quickly. Costello is known for having several great groups, but this tour is with none other than the Imposters which includes Attraction members Steve Nieve (keyboards) and drummer Pete Thomas as well as bassist Dave Faragher who has been with Costello since 2001. With the Attractions, Costello was inducted into the Rock N’Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Costello and the Imposters released their first album in five years this less than 2 months ago. Look Now includes three songs Costello co-wrote with Burt Bacharach and one with Carole King. This is Costello’s 30th studio release.
As a member of the first wave of British Punk, Costello has influenced bands like Green Day, the Foo Fighters and even Radiohead. Costello has worked with many icons like Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash and Allen Toussaint. Costello returned to the road after having removed what he called “a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy.” Costello played an astonishing 32 songs made up of solo music, Attractions, Imposters and a few covers. From opening with “This Year’s Girl,” to ending with Brinsley Schwarz’s “(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” Costello plays a very high energy show.
Costello’s 20-date tour ended in Vancouver on Dec. 4.