Spectacle: Elvis Costello With...

Wednesday 9:00 PM on Sundance Channel Premiered Dec 03, 2008 Between Seasons



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Season 5 : Episode 0

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Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... fuses the best elements of talk radio and music television, inviting viewers to enjoy rare musical performances and intimate conversations between the award-winning host and his iconic guests - each of whom is an influential figure from the world of music, politics or film. Explaining his approach, Elvis said, "I'm not interested in extracting some dark secret. I'd rather hear about a bright secret, a deep love or a curiosity that might be otherwise obscured by fame. This is a wonderful opportunity to talk in complete thoughts about music, movies, art or even vaudeville - then frame it with unique and illustrative performances." Guest artists, who run the gamut from legendary performers to notable newcomers, demonstrate the development and creation of their music - often by playing new, stripped-down, acoustic, impromptu or solo versions of some of their best and most popular songs. Elvis and The Imposters perform interpretations of songs either by or associated with the featured guests. In addition, the show features extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime musical collaborations. Spectacle airs on the Sundance Channel in the U.S., Channel 4 in the U.K. and CTV & Bravo in Canada. Elsewhere, FremantleMedia distributes the show worldwide. In addition, Season 1 of Spectacle is now available on iTunes and a DVD/Blu-ray box set was released throughout North America on November 17, 2009. The show is recorded before a live audience at Harlem's world famous Apollo Theater in New York City and Toronto's historic Masonic Temple.moreless
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  • Terrific music, historic collaboration between Sir Elton and Elvis Costello.

    On this maiden voyage, Elvis Costello is a bit rough around the edges on interviewing, but Sir Elton certainly doesn't let the conversation drop. It's the performances that stand out -- several unique collaborations that preview the wonderful riches still in store on subsequent episodes of "Spectacle". The backing band is Elvis Costello's Imposters with the great Allen Toussaint along for the ride. They open the show with a fabulous rendition of Elton's "Border Song." The conversation reveals interesting nuggets, but the episode climaxes with the closing song: Costello and Elton's duet on "Down River" -- utterly stirring and certainly leaves the audience wanting more!moreless
  • Music fans rejoice!

    Costello has an amazing line-up of famous guests, who reminisce about everything from their pre-fame jobs to encounters with musical superstars of days of yore. Each show opens with an ensemble performance of a classic hit song by Costello. Then the guest comes out and they chat, punctuated by ads that are mostly showcases for young performers, which is way cool, and additional performances by the guest(s) and Costello.

    Costello's questions range from the simple (What's your favorite Police song?) to the intricate (see the quotes for the Tony Bennett episode). Guests reminisce about their early musical influences, tell anecdotes, and generally enjoy themselves. If you like music, you will enjoy them, too.moreless
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  • © 2008 Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

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