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Elvis Costello and Blondie Reviews

ConcertsContemporary PopIndie & Rock

Average customer review: 2.0 star rating (2.2 Stars)

Number of reviews: 27

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3.0 star rating E. from San Francisco Bay Area, Rio Vista, California

SAW BLONDIE AND ELVIS CONCORD PAVILION CALIFORNIA

These are great bands, and Elvis and Deborah can still sing, Blondie’s musicians are first rate, and she’s charming as is possible to be... it was a thrill to see Blondie live (I was front row—I could hear off-mic that Elvis Costello still has his phenomenal voice). The trouble IS more or less just as these other reviews state: the sound was absolutely awful — particularly for Costello’s amazing band —so very loud, distorted bass, distorted almost everything that shouldn’t have been. This was an Elvis Costello show: wonderful musicians accompanying him, performing some of the finest rock songs ever written, but being fed through an atrocious sound mix. Or something. This was my one live concert this year, and two legendary acts, but my wife wanted to leave two numbers before the encore, she went out and I hung in the back of the seating area of the venue, trying to figure out what was wrong with the sound. By then my ears needed a rest. We still love you, though, Mr. Costello.

1.0 star rating Cat from Benicia , California

TERRIBLE

Went there to see Elvis and was Soooo disappointed. I didn’t recognize any of his songs because he was singing so out of key and flat. I’ve never heard anyone perform so badly. I couldn’t figure out the melody of any of his songs until the chorus, and then I could put it together. Wow, that was a shame, and was so looking forward to seeing and hearing him. Blondie sounded better than Elvis, and I didn’t go to see her. Bummer!!!!

2.0 star rating Tanya Hyde from Santa Barbara, California

WTF COSTELLO ?

After an entertaining set by Blondie ( the band was great, Debbie mostly quire good) . Elvis hit the stage with Pump it Up and was so off key I was questioning my buzz. I think other reviewers are kind to blame the mix. I'm a big fan and first saw the attractions in the 70s. He's a great songwriter and knowing his material made it even harder to listen. We were among the early departures Unpleasant listening

4.0 star rating L A from San Francisco, California

BLONDIE AND ELVIS COSTELLO

Went mostly to see Blondie, they were great! I love Deborah Harry and the band was really excellent. Happily they played a limb set because Elvis sound was terrible! We were close to the stage and I put Kleenex in my ears after his first song 5. It was my teenager’s first concert. We left before Elvis finished his set. I saw him years ago and won’t go see him anymore.

2.0 star rating Mary from San Francisco, California

OHHHHH ELVIS...

The sound mix was off but Elvis sounded out of tune a lot of the time. I went for Elvis but Blondie blew him away. So sad.

1.0 star rating Ellie from Concord, California

TERRIBLE

Went there to see Elvis. He sang so off-Key and flat, the songs were unrecognizable. I couldn’t figure out what he was singing until the chorus, and then I was able to put it together. WOW!!! What a shame, I love him and really wanted to hear his beautiful vocals. What the heck happened???

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