Thursday, April 10, 2008

Robyn, Nick and....ELVIS?

Last night I was fortunate to be in attendance at a fantastic concert by Nick Lowe and Robyn Hitchcock. Both of these exquisitely quirky artists gave compelling performances, solo and on acoustic guitar, showcasing their brilliance as songwriters, guitarists, singers.

I laughed a lot, cried a little, sang along a great deal. As Nick's set seemed to be drawing to a close, though, I commented to my companion that, amazing as it was, the pace was a bit more sedate than I had expected. Little did I know that some more excitement was in store.

At the encore, they were joined onstage by none other than Elvis Costello! Imagine an auditorium full of people in, um, "late youth" jumping up and down and screaming their heads off. Elvis and Nick did a tune that E had written for N, "Indoor Fireworks." Then Robyn joined them to sing lead on two numbers: "If I Fell" by the Beatles, and the classic "Mystery Train" (Elvis even did a bit of an impersonation of the other Elvis on that one).

Photo blatantly stolen from--er--courtesy of this fine blogger.

A stellar evening. I wish you all could have been there!


Steve Talkowski said...

Hi Amy! Of course any fellow Costello lover can use my photos. :) It really was a fun evening, eh?

Amy said...

Yes! Thanks for being generous with your pics.

Holly A Hughes said...

Oh, yes, it was a GREAT concert! I'm glad you were singing along; I was too. Elvis was just the icing on the cake. Robyn was an excellent appetizer as well (I loved his absurdist monologues -- Nick's psychedelic younger brother indeed). But Nick was in rare form, despite that throat infection. Sedate, yes, but all the better to let the sly wit sparkle through. That new song he sang was devastating, don't you think?

Amy said...

I couldn't agree more--I need to get Nick's album!