Last night, Sally
and I saw Elvis Costello with
Allen Toussaint at the Bank of America Pavilion (which was once called
Haborlights). On this tour supporting his
River in Reverse
album, Elvis reworked many of his classics with a smoking New Orlean’s horn
section. The 2 1/2 hour show (no opening act and two encores) opened with a
thundering version of “What’s So
Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding.” Elvis played several of his
standards throughout the evening, including “Chelsea,” “Watching the
Detectives,” “Pump it up,” “Poison
Rose,” “Clubland,” and “Alison” — which was particularly noteworth as it was
arranged for horns. However, the real fun was had when Toussaint played his
classic bluesy rock.
Really, this was one of the better shows I’ve seen. Almost no pretention and nearly all performance. The light show was minimal and there were no stage theatrics. Elvis did take a few (well deserved) swipes at President Dubya, but that was OK with most of the crowd.
One member of the crowd who nearly stole the spotlight from the main stage
was a bald gentleman in a white T-shirt that bore lettering colored like the
American Flag. He was very highly animated at the start of the show,
intensely thrusting his fingers in a peace sign at the stage in a
“throwing the goat” sort of way.
Most of the time, these gestures were entirely inappropriate for the mellow songs of the evening and people around us began to openly mock this attendee by thrusting peace symbols in unison.
Boston: a town of mockery and hate.