Friday, May 15, 2015

Elvis Costello in San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley

In the late 1970's, the most consistently satisfying concerts for me were the yearly appearances of Elvis Costello. His three-piece band with Steve Neive on keyboards, Bruce Thomas on bass, and Pete Thomas on drums was about as good as it got in rock and roll in those days. From the top, Elvis' first US appearance at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco on November 15th, 1977, also broadcast on KSAN radio. His appearance caused a great buzz among the hipster taste-makers at the time, and all the hype turned out to be true. He swept through the Bay Area with regularity, appearing at the San Jose Center For The Performing Arts on June 6, 1978, and then at the Berkeley Community Theater on February 9, 1979. Even though he is a musical force today, I still like those three years the best.

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