Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Costello's Spinning Songbook

Way back before there was the iPod shuffle, there was "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook," the wheel of musical fortune that Elvis Costello toured with in 1986, with a tour stop at the Tower Theatre. Twenty five years later, the 40 song gimmick will return. Costello fans will get to give it a spin, and then, if they choose, take their place in a go-go dancing cage, when the always prolific British songsmith brings his Revolver tour back to the Tower on May 19. (Spinning wheels keep turning: In honor of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Yo La Tengo is currently touring on its own album oriented "Spinning Wheel" tour.) He'll be playing with Imposters - Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher. It's hard to keep up with Costello's output, but the last two albums, 2009's Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, and last year's National Ransom find him working at a high level. Tickets go on sale Saturday. Below, "New Amsterdam" and "You've Got To Hide You Love Away" from a Spinning show in Liverpool in 1986.

Costello's Spinning Songbook

Way back before there was the iPod shuffle, there was "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook," the wheel of musical fortune that Elvis Costello toured with in 1986, with a tour stop at the Tower Theatre. Twenty five years later, the 40 song gimmick will return. Costello fans will get to give it a spin, and then, if they choose, take their place in a go-go dancing cage, when the always prolific British songsmith brings his Revolver tour back to the Tower on May 19. (Spinning wheels keep turning: In honor of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Yo La Tengo is currently touring on its own album oriented "Spinning Wheel" tour.) He'll be playing with Imposters - Steve Nieve, Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher. It's hard to keep up with Costello's output, but the last two albums, 2009's Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, and last year's National Ransom find him working at a high level. Tickets go on sale Saturday. Below, "New Amsterdam" and "You've Got To Hide You Love Away" from a Spinning show in Liverpool in 1986.

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