When He Was Kind

We were amused this afternoon to note that Mr. Larry Mullen Jnr. is thanked in the liner notes of Elvis Costello’s new album, When I Was Cruel. Larry is given “special thanks” for “advice and wise counsel,” alongside such luminaries as Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett, Hal Willner, and Bill Flanagan (author of U2 At The End Of The World). Costello spent rather a lot of time tailing U2 on the Elevation tour — I know he was in attendance at all three of the shows I saw — and his cover of “Please” is a force to be reckoned with.