Sunday, June 16, 2002

Elvis Costello and the Imposters - Vienna, VA - 2002-06-16

Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, VA, June 16, 2002.

I always think it is a treat catching a show in a venue that is new to me or one that I may only get to once. Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA is one I always wanted to go to. I was a bit disappointed to find it was pretty much just an amphitheatre and not all that unique but I am easily amused and dug it...

Catching Elvis on this tour was also a treat - for a couple of reasons...first off, I never saw him before and wanted to for a while...second, I love the album he was touring in support of, When I Was Cruel.

The set list didn't disappoint as it was filled with tracks from the record. The crowd was lame, though, the wine-and-cheese scene, you know? Elvis kept berating the crowd to get up and dance and make some noise. At one point, he even stormed around the stage and walked off for a few seconds.

I love the way this guy's career spans high and low art - he writes great rock and pop songs, operas, ballets, chamber music and just generally does whatever the hell he wants. You don't have to like it all and I don't get the sense he really cares!

I would love to have dinner with Elvis, Joe Strummer, Zappa, John Zorn and Jerry Garcia...

DISC ONE
1. Interview
2. Intro
3. 45
4. Waiting for the End of the World
5. Clubland
6. Spooky Girlfriend
7. (I Don't Want to Go to) Chelsea
8. Clown Strike
9. When I Was Cruel No. 2
10. I Hope You're Happy Now
11. Clowntime Is Over
12. Tart
13. All This Useless Beauty
14. Dust 2

DISC TWO (Encores)
1. 15 Petals
2. Lipstick Vogue
3. (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding
4. Radio Radio
5. Alibi
6. Band Introductions/You Belong to Me
7. Pump It Up
8. Episode of Blonde
9. Uncomplicated
10. Beyond Belief
11. I Want You

Filler (from Late Show with David Letterman, 04/23/02):
12. Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)
13. Interview

Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, VA, June 16, 2002 - download disc one
Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, VA, June 16, 2002 - download disc two