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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 10:05 PM
My wife and I saw The Police at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday (The Police are HER BAND!). Elvis Costello opened.

1. Costello has never done anything for me since he first became popular. He still looks like a dork and and acts like one. He did play a nice telecaster and sing Peace, Love, and Understanding to close. Some folks dig him but I'd have rather seen someone else (Robin Trower for one!).

2. The Police put on a good show and it was fun however, the boys seemed a little tired. This has been a long tour and I think it's catching up with them. Sting sounded great (played his original Fender bass the whole time). Stewy jammed on the drums and Andy did a great job on guitar. Played his red Strat and his tele.

3. While the Hollywood Bowl is beautiful and historic venue, it is not a place for rock acts. The sound was good but the bowl is a bit on the conservative side and more of a white wine sipping crowd (even though plenty of fans were indulging in the good mother nature). Most of the fans in our area sat down the whole show. Drove Mrs. Strat crazy. (When we saw The Police last year at Dodger Stadium, we didn't sit down until we got back to my truck.)

4. The other thing about the bowl is everything is expensive. A bag of pretzels was $3. That's the cost for entertainment for ya these days!

5. The set list included all their standards plus Bring On the Night and Demolition Man. My favorites were Invisible Sun and So Lonely (Andy at his best).

6. The lads will be touring through the end of the summer. If you like them and get a chance to see them, go especially if they are playing in an outdoor venue. If Elvis Costello is still opening, keep tailgating in the parking lot until intermission.

ROCK ON! THANK YOU STING, STEWY, AND ANDY!

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 11:09 PM

I have been a Costello fan since he broke into the scene. I like the Police also, saw them at the Agora for $ 2.00 before Roxanne had ever hit the radio. Saw Costello 2 times, once in the Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theater....with no more than 200 people..it was a sock-hop.

There may only be one Elvis to some people, but there is two to me. Dork or not...he's very a intelligent man who's made a lot of money doing what he does and wants to. As where the Police could not play together for years. He has carried on since "My Aim is True". I think he's been pretty much succesful for a musician that most thought to be just another fly by night.


Call him what you want be he's very respected by his musical peers and plays and performs exactly as he wants to.

And there is only one God to me, and he's on Tour all the time.

 

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  posted on 5/29/2008 at 11:12 PM
There may only be one Elvis to some people, but there is two to me. Dork or not...he's very a intelligent man who's made a lot of money doing what he does and wants to. As where the Police could not play together for years. He has carried on since "My Aim is True". I think he's been pretty much succesful for a musician that most thought to be just another fly by night.


Agree with you ODR. Saw Elvis 3 years ago at the Beacon; 2 1/2 hours of non-stop great music. I caught The Police at the beginning of this tour. They were good, nothing earth shattering. I was going to pick up tickets for Jones Beach, but I felt like I'd be paying Police money to catch an hour of Elvis. Hope he goes on solo tour soon.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 12:49 AM
Andy...as a columnist once wrote , " Andy summers is just another guitarist without sting."
I enjoyed him with the Police, he ain't Duane but I enjoyed him.
Liked Elvis Costelllo from the 1st time I saw him on SNL. Intense.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 01:48 AM
Love him, like him or anything in between, to call Elvis Costello a "dork" is a bit dismissive, and missing the point - he idolized Buddy Holly and THE Elvis the same way fellow "dork" John Lennon did. Any one that sings Burt Bacharach songs can't be too square in my book. I'm not a huge fan of Elvis II, but I'd take Costello tickets before anything Sting-related any day. Now there's a guy that doesn't have a cool bone in his body (and I kind of dig the Police).

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 06:52 AM
I'm not going to try to convince you that you should like Elvis Costello's music, but what he looks like is a superficial test of why one dislikes someone's music. It may be the biggest problem with music today that popular singers have "the look" and little more. I often wonder if someone like Janis Joplin could even make it today. Johnny Cash once said something like, "isn't it amazing all the successful country stars have nice butts."

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 07:09 AM
I like when Warren sings "Alison".

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 07:41 AM
Elvis Costello a dork? Pistols at dawn, my friend!

I've seen the Police twice in my life. I don't how they're doing it these days, but for me they went overboard with sequencers and sampling. I think Stew Copeland is a badass drummer, but Sting and Andy spent more time just jumping up and down than they did playing.

If anybody thinks Andy Summers is "just another guitarist without Sting" - check out the stuff he did with Robert Fripp and other pre-Police stuff. If your read about the history of the Police (or even check out one of those "behind the music" videos), you'll find that they basically created this band as a means of getting rich quick. Copeland took Sting to see some punk shows in London. Sting hated the whole scene, but co-conspired with Stewart to create this get-rich-quick outfit.

I don't mean to dis the Police entirely - they are all individually very talented. I guess I just don't dig 'em as much as I like Elvis Costello.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 07:56 AM
There are NO Gods only one!
 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 08:17 AM
I'm so glad to see a few folks stand up for Mr. Costello. I know not everyone likes him, but I was surprised to read this mornings post.

I never knew Warren sang "Alison", that right there is a stamp of approval to me.....just like when he does the "When Doves Fly" tease.

The Sock Hop at the Egyptian Ballroom was a blast. It was a special show for a small crowd, I could not believe we got tickets at the time.

Elvis Costello "Alison / Supsicious Minds" Glastonbury ( Beautiful Place)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvTtWrBS4ok

Elvis Costello - "Good Year For The Roses"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcBh9IgMz5U&feature=related

Elvis Costello - "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEZrBw6mcSM&feature=related

Elvis Costello - "High Fidelity"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRT8nA665Gs&feature=related

Elvis Costello "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu4pcEKFKfA&feature=related

Emmylou Harris & Elvis Costello - "Love Hurts"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojsVB7idTLw&feature=related

Diana Krall, Elvis Costello & Willie Nelson - "Crazy" (Live)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5BnCEPr7cU&feature=related

and of course:

ELVIS COSTELLO "Watching the Detectives"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiNHe7BUqhc

He's got a damn good voice, a True Musical Legend in my mind.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 08:21 AM
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There are NO Gods only one!


Well, there is folks with different beliefs and we should to respect that, just as they should respect us.

But Andy Summers, Eric Clapton, and all the so called other music "Gods" don't hold a candle to the one I love.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 08:25 AM
I caught the double bill in Buffalo at the beginning of the month and Costello rocked the place. His band is tight and new tunes were great. The Imposters were a great opener for the Police. To each his own, but only have good things to say about him since the first time I saw him a the Horseshoe in Toronto way back when.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 08:47 AM
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No problem. Just don't play any Elvis Costello or bring any pictures of him. That will really spell the death of me!

 

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I don't know what this thread is about but YEAH, Elvis Costello is a DORK.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 09:38 AM
Elvis Costello is "Elv"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic singer, and player, and out-of-this-world songwriter. A fine performer. His shows are fun, fast and furious. The man is a genious!

The Police are OK with me, but I love Elvis Costello!

 

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Elvis Costello is "Elv"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic singer, and player, and out-of-this-world songwriter. A fine performer. His shows are fun, fast and furious. The man is a genious!

The Police are OK with me, but I love Elvis Costello!


Amen Sister !!!

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Love Elvis Costello. Absolutely, but like with all music, I don't expect everyone or anyone to "get" him. But yeah, I'm glad to see so many people here do love him too. It's well deserved.

I am also a huge Police fan. Andy, to me, is not just another guitarist without Sting. If that was true, than Sting would be the just like The Police without Andy or Stewart. And anyone who has been following his output for the last 25 years, knows that's not true.

Andy Summers is definitely not Duane Allman, but Duane could've never been Andy either. It's Apples & Peaches. Actually I think Andy is a little bit like a Starfruit or something. You know, coming from somewhere else than most players.

I am very sad that I did not get to see the Police at all during this whole reunion. I always said that I would never miss that for anything. well, I missed it twice here in Chicago. It makes me sad.

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 06:14 PM
Ill take Elvis Costello over The Police any day
 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 08:54 PM
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Amen brother!

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 09:00 PM

My favorite Police song is "Walking on the Moon".

 

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Love Elvis Costello. Absolutely, but like with all music, I don't expect everyone or anyone to "get" him. But yeah, I'm glad to see so many people here do love him too. It's well deserved.

I am also a huge Police fan. Andy, to me, is not just another guitarist without Sting. If that was true, than Sting would be the just like The Police without Andy or Stewart. And anyone who has been following his output for the last 25 years, knows that's not true.

Andy Summers is definitely not Duane Allman, but Duane could've never been Andy either. It's Apples & Peaches. Actually I think Andy is a little bit like a Starfruit or something. You know, coming from somewhere else than most players.

I am very sad that I did not get to see the Police at all during this whole reunion. I always said that I would never miss that for anything. well, I missed it twice here in Chicago. It makes me sad.


They're still touring through the end of the summer. Maybe you might have to road trip but go see them. They are tight and they're good. You'll have fun!

 

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  posted on 5/30/2008 at 10:19 PM
Not a huge Elvis fan but hes better then most from that era. He maried a great woman and a fellow Vancouver Islander, Diana Krall.

 

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Love Elvis Costello. Absolutely, but like with all music, I don't expect everyone or anyone to "get" him. But yeah, I'm glad to see so many people here do love him too. It's well deserved.

I am also a huge Police fan. Andy, to me, is not just another guitarist without Sting. If that was true, than Sting would be the just like The Police without Andy or Stewart. And anyone who has been following his output for the last 25 years, knows that's not true.

Andy Summers is definitely not Duane Allman, but Duane could've never been Andy either. It's Apples & Peaches. Actually I think Andy is a little bit like a Starfruit or something. You know, coming from somewhere else than most players.

I am very sad that I did not get to see the Police at all during this whole reunion. I always said that I would never miss that for anything. well, I missed it twice here in Chicago. It makes me sad.


They're still touring through the end of the summer. Maybe you might have to road trip but go see them. They are tight and they're good. You'll have fun!


Oh, I know I would. I think even if by some miracle they sucked, I'd still love it! Unfortunately, roadtrips are out of the question, or I would in a heartbeat. That is the difference in my life between 10 years ago and now. 10 years ago I would've caught both Chicago shows and probably travelled somewhere else and saw them as well. - Now, well, I have a 2 year old daughter, I work full-time, my wife works full time, I have a band, we''re finishing recording our first album & gigging and between all of that, I'm lucky to just have enough time to do laundry and have clothes to wear! Plus, my wife was out of work for 6 months and now is making half of what she was before, we're kind of not in a good financial state. - Don't get me wrong, things are good and I'm still a happy guy... But sometimes there are sacrifices. My sacrifice was seeing The Police, twice. And quite frankly, it is going to be one of those things I'll regret later. But I just can't pull it off right now.

 
 


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