Blondie and Elvis Costello at the Bowl
By Robert Bernstein
Blondie and Elvis Costello are on a big tour and we were fortunate this week to have them performing at the County Bowl. And thanks to my friend Sarah who got tickets we were able to be there.
Yes, the quality of my photos is not so great. I have had some terrifying encounters with security at the Bowl in the past and I wanted to carry as little as possible into the event. After taking about a ten year break from Bowl events, I was pleased that nothing terrible happened.
I saw Blondie at the County Bowl on August 21, 1999. Her voice was excellent back then, but she was not looking so great. This time at age 74 her voice is still excellent, but she was also looking mighty fine! In two words, she was sexy and seductive!
She burst on stage dressed in a bee costume!
One of her current issues is Save the Bees. Here is her web site Bee Connected: https://www.blondie.net/beecon
She took off the bee mask and showed us her lovely face as she performed one classic top hit after another, interspersed with some of her newer work.
As for Elvis Costello... Well, not so much. He did give a long performance from 8:30-10:00PM performing many of his top hits. But there was something off.
One thing I love about Elvis Costello music is how clear and crisp his voice is and how you can understand every word clearly. Well, not so much at this performance. It all sounded "muddy" to me. As if the mixing board people were asleep. But my wife and Sarah also noted that he was off key a lot of the time.
I Googled this and some people claim the off key thing is part of his performance style. OK. But the bad mixing can't be part of the performance.
Still, I was glad to see him perform some of my favorite songs. Especially after Blondie put me in such a good mood.
I did not write down all of the songs performed by Blondie and Elvis Costello. But this reviewer wrote down their set list from an earlier show at Forest Hills in New York:
This was pretty much the same as what we heard. Except Elvis Costello never did perform "Alison" for us.
Here is what they had for Blondie:
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone
Old Town Road (Lil Nas X)
Fade Away and Radiate
The Tide is High
Heart of Glass
You're Too Hot
And here is what they had for Elvis Costello:
Pump It Up
Accidents Will Happen
Photographs Can Lie(The Look of Love Intro)
Mr & Mrs Hush
Watching the Detectives
A Face in the Crowd
This Year's Girl
Less Than Zero
I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down
Everyday I Write the Book
(What's So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding