Undeterred by the Monday night crowd, blues singer-songwriter Elvis Costello bounces on stage, all fired up and ready to go. His enthusiasm however, was met with stone cold passivity as fans were just contented to stay put in their seats and let the 56-year-old give the performance they paid for, as he belted out songs like 1979 classic “Green Shirt” and 1989 single “Veronica”.
Veronica is a classic, Love It!!
Don’t be fooled by the silent crowd though, because after every song the audience burst into a rousing round of applause almost like they were telling the veteran performer, “don’t worry, we love you, it’s just that it’s a Monday.” Known for his smooth rich vocals, the blues singer had to also combat the less-than-stellar sound system of the Theater at Marina Bay Sands. The patchy sound rendered the soloist either muffled or barely audible as he was overpowered by the music. Maybe that was the reason he decided to sing without a microphone just for a while because, at his age, hollering out songs takes its toll.
With a list of 30 studio albums and 41 years of crooning under his belt, the songwriter who performed to a sold out concert in Singapore in 2009 seemed to have lost the audience when back in town again for his second Singapore jaunt.
Green Shirt – Elvis Costello