LIVE AT THE ROYALTY THEATRE

A Hip-O press release mentions a concert from London's Royalty Theatre as a future installment in The Costello Show series.

In contrast to Elvis' many appearances over the years at the Royal Albert Hall, this can immediately be narrowed down to a one-week period in November 1986 during the Costello Sings Again tour. However, there were six very different shows at the Royalty Theatre that week.

The first show from November 23, with Elvis and the Attractions spotlighting Blood & Chocolate, is the most obvious choice for official release. It was recorded by the BBC and broadcast nearly in its entirety: All the music was aired, but in editing the recording into two hour-long broadcasts, the song order was seriously jumbled, and some of the stage patter seems to have been removed. The BBC edit appears on the bootleg CD This Is Tomorrow. There are also fan-made edits of the bootleg which restore the original running order.

It is unclear whether the subsequent shows were recorded professionally. November 24 was a solo show with several lesser played songs, including "Forgive Her Anything," "Put Your Big Toe In The Milk Of Human Kindness," "Please Stay," a solo "The People's Limousine," and covers of The Hollies' "King Midas In Reverse" and The Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty In Pink."

The Attractions returned November 25 for a Spinning Songbook show, in which part of the setlist was determined by audience members spinning a wheel of song titles. These shows are notable for offbeat song choices (this one includes Prince's "Pop Life"), but they are also more visually-oriented than a typical Costello concert, and there tends to be a lot of downtime between songs. An official release might be more suited for DVD rather than CD.

The next three shows followed the basic formula of the first three, although there were quite a few differences in the setlists.

November 27
was another Attractions show with an emphasis on Blood & Chocolate.

November 28
was a solo show with lesser played songs including "King Of Confidence," "Having It All," The Louvin Brothers' "Knoxville Girl," and repeats of "Put Your Big Toe In The Milk Of Human Kindness" and "Pretty In Pink."

November 29 brought back the Attractions and the Spinning Songbook for Tom Petty's "American Girl," ABBA's "Knowing Me, Knowing You," and another "Pop Life."

SETLISTS

November 23:
EC/Attractions: Accidents Will Happen; The Beat; Tokyo Storm Warning; Watching The Detectives; Battered Old Bird; Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?; Temptation; New Lace Sleeves; Blue Chair; Jack Of All Parades; Uncomplicated; Lipstick Vogue; Beyond Belief; Clubland; I Want You; I Hope You're Happy Now; Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head; Lovable; Leave My Kitten Alone; Oliver's Army; (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?; I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down; Pump It Up; Poor Napoleon

November 24:
EC solo: Brilliant Mistake; Tokyo Storm Warning; Suit Of Lights; Green Shirt; Heathen Town; Little Palaces; American Without Tears; American Without Tears No. 2 (Twilight Version); Deportee; New Amsterdam/You've Got To Hide Your Love Away; Almost Blue; Forgive Her Anything; Radio Sweetheart; Girls Talk; You Little Fool; Our Little Angel; King Midas In Reverse; Pretty In Pink; Crimes Of Paris (with Cait O'Riordan); I'll Wear It Proudly; Put Your Big Toe In The Milk Of Human Kindness; Shipbuilding; Please Stay; Inch By Inch; Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood; Indoor Fireworks; Poisoned Rose; The People's Limousine; The Big Light; I Want You; True Love Ways; Sleep Of The Just

November 25:
EC/Attractions: No Action; You Belong To Me; Mystery Dance; High Fidelity; Ferry 'Cross The Mersey/Tiny Steps; I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself; Temptation; Accidents Will Happen; Everyday I Write The Book; Riot Act (EC solo); Shipbuilding (EC solo); Stranger In The House (EC solo); Radio Sweetheart (EC solo); Volare; Getting Mighty Crowded; The Beat; Big Tears; (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes; Pop Life; Miracle Man; Shabby Doll; Man Out Of Time; Clubland; Alison; Wild Thing; Clowntime Is Over; Oliver's Army; (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (with Nick Lowe); Pump It Up

November 27:
EC/Attractions: Leave My Kitten Alone; This Year's Girl; Beyond Belief; You Belong To Me; Mystery Dance; Accidents Will Happen; Hand In Hand; Less Than Zero; Uncomplicated; Battered Old Bird; Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?; Blue Chair; I'll Wear It Proudly; I Hope You're Happy Now; (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea; Lipstick Vogue; Watching The Detectives; Clubland; Tokyo Storm Warning; Oliver's Army; (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding?; Home Is Anywhere You Hang Your Head; I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down; Pump It Up; I Want You; Poor Napoleon

November 28:
EC solo: How Joe Soap Got Into Everyone (short story); Suit Of Lights; Tokyo Storm Warning; Green Shirt; Brilliant Mistake; Heathen Town; Little Palaces; American Without Tears; American Without Tears No. 2 (Twilight Version); King Of Confidence; New Amsterdam/You've Got To Hide Your Love Away; Deportee; I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down; Having It All; Radio Sweetheart; Pretty In Pink; You Little Fool; Our Little Angel; Crimes Of Paris (with Cait O'Riordan); I'll Wear It Proudly; Put Your Big Toe In The Milk Of Human Kindness; Shipbuilding; Please Stay; Inch By Inch; Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood; Knoxville Girl; Poisoned Rose; I Want You; True Love Ways; Sleep Of The Just

November 29:
EC/Attractions:
You Belong To Me; Accidents Will Happen; Watch Your Step; Lip Service; Radio, Radio; Honey, Are You Straight Or Are You Blind?; American Girl; Mystery Dance; Getting Mighty Crowded; I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down; Baby It's You (with Nick Lowe); Radio Sweetheart (EC solo); Shipbuilding (EC solo); You Win Again (EC solo); Shoes Without Heels (EC solo); Indoor Fireworks (EC solo); Put Your Big Toe In The Milk Of Human Kindness (EC solo); (I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea; Alison; Uncomplicated; I'll Wear It Proudly; Knowing Me, Knowing You; (Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame; Oliver's Army; Everyday I Write The Book; Pop Life; Man Out Of Time; Wild Thing; (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes; Leave My Kitten Alone; (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding? (with Nick Lowe); Pump It Up

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