“Green Shirt” has become a mainstay of Costello’s live setlist in recent years. Costello performed the song live at Heatwave in 1980, a performance which Paste Magazine described as “taken at a faster clip than the . . . studio recording”. Jacob Pucci of The Post-Standard described a live performance of the song at the Turning Stone Resort Casino from 2016 as “energetic” and “synth-heavy”. Dave Mckenna of the Washington Post recalled that “‘Green Shirt’ . . . had some of the harder core fans singing along while throwing their arms skyward in deliriousness” during a 2018 concert at the DAR Constitution Hall. At a 2018 show in Vancouver, Costello sardonically described “Green Shirt” as “a song written last century”.