Does Elvis Costello hate St. Louis?

This is (i)really(/i) pointless and tha’ts why it’s here and not in GQ.

He’s playing here after a 22 year absence. The rumor goes that he was the opener for a 1977 K-SHE (awful, “classic” rock station)-sponsored show, was booed and generally mistreated by the Skynyrdhead-type crowd and vowed never to return to St. Louis.

I didn’t get into EC until the early ‘80s so I don’t have any first-hand evidence of whether the rumors true or not. Any St. Louisans and/or McManus fan SDers out there who know the real poop on this rumor? Has St. Louis really been forgiven or did Elvis’ accountant simply point out to him how well the Austin Powers sequel did in this market?

Does Elvis Costello hate St. Louis?

A “Skynyrdhead” would like to ask:
Why should he be different from anyone else?