Rebecca and Megan Lovell aka Larkin Poe only flew in from the US a few hours before taking to stage and put on a wonderful performance in support of Elvis Costello. The girls have gorgeous harmonies in their roots rock numbers particularly the melodic Jessie. Megan plays slide guitar with emotion; there was a great exchange of singing nah nah and slide on Jailbreak rounded off by the eerily fantastic Bang Bang.
Elvis started his set as he means to go on, with only a guitar. A wide variety of which stood in line in front of a huge retro TV set that showed his old music videos during the interval.
Elvis was familiar with his Tyneside surroundings including showing images of Gazza which seemed apt as the song lyrics were I’ve got my faults. The evening was full of amusing stories of his life and family and his father looked his double during archive footage of him singing if I had a hammer. A mix of songs preceded with ‘Bob Dylan wrote this and knows nothing about’ it in reference to The New Basement Tapes. A nice rendition of the familiar Oliver’s Army got the audience going then it was over for a brief spell on the piano, the highlight of which was the beautiful Shipbuilding.
Larkin Poe joined him for an assumed encore with Pads, Paws and Claws which moved the show up a gear. A final encore had him inside the TV set rocking out Pump It Up with all hands clapping. For Alison, Elvis came to the front of the stage to sing without any amplification and the audience softly sang along almost hymn like. Forget the young Elvis, this tour shows what a fine vocalist and guitarist he truly is.