Bono, the Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Lyle
Lovett, Richard Thompson, Neko Case, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case, Jesse
Winchester, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm, Allen Toussaint among the
guests. New season stars Dec. 9.
By Blurt Staff
Sundance Channel will launch
the second season of its critically acclaimed music/talk original series
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at
10:00pm et/pt with an episode featuring U2’s Bono and The Edge.
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” combines the best elements of
talk and music television and lets viewers in on intimate conversation
and performances with host Costello and his guests, who range from legendary
performers to promising new artists. The series, executive produced by Sir
Elton John, includes one-on-one interviews, unprecedented pairings and group
discussions, as well as extraordinary performances, from impromptu
“illustrative” moments to full band (and even multi-band)
productions. Among the confirmed guests for the seven-part season are: Bono,
The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Ron
Sexsmith, Neko Case, Jesse Winchester, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Levon Helm,
Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint.
“We’re thrilled to launch a second season of ‘Spectacle’ on Sundance
Channel,” said Sundance Channel EVP and GM, Sarah Barnett. “The
series offers viewers unusually close access to artists through its mix of
candid conversations and exciting musical performances. This season’s A-list
line-up is a testament to the tremendous respect that artists feel for Elvis
Costello as a musician and entertainer.”
“I am delighted that we can continue where we left off–making
intelligent, and informative music programming,” said Sir Elton John, one
of the series’ executive producers.
Elvis Costello commented: “In the words of the great Joe Strummer, ‘Let’s
The program’s eclecticism and depth reflect its uniquely qualified host. Costello
is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; a Grammy and Ivor Novello
Award-winning (and Oscar®-nominated) songwriter and performer comfortable in
almost every genre imaginable; a musicologist of formidable breadth and
knowledge; a contributor to Vanity Fair magazine; and a noted wit whose
stint as guest host on The Late Show with David Letterman won rave
“Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…” is taped in front of a live
audience at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater in New York City and The Masonic
Temple in Toronto, Canada. The series will also air on CTV in Canada.
The schedule for Season Two of “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with
…” is as follows:
December 9th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Bono and The
Elvis Costello conducts an intimate
and revealing conversation with U2’s Bono and The Edge. Recorded at the Masonic Temple
in Toronto, Ontario, during their current 360 world
tour, Bono and Edge discuss the writing and recording process behind some of
their most famous recordings, perform rarities, as well as a show-ending
mash-up with Elvis and The Imposters.
December 16th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Sheryl Crow,
Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith and Jesse Winchester”
Elvis Costello is joined by guests Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith and
Jesse Winchester for an old fashioned “guitar pull” — a swapping of
songs and stories — amongst this amazing group of singer/songwriters.
Highlights include Crow’s “If it Makes You Happy,” a unique rendition
of a song from Neko Case’s acclaimed “Middle Cyclone” album, a
Sexsmith and Elvis duet on a Costello classic; and Jesse Winchester reducing
the audience (and his cohorts) to tears with his gentle lyrics and voice.
December 23rd at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Levon Helm,
Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and Allen Toussaint”
Elvis Costello literally builds a band in front of the audience’s eyes and
ears. Joining him for this once-in-a-lifetime jam session are his former record
producer, Nick Lowe, on bass; legendary New Orleans producer/pianist Allen
Toussaint; U.K. guitar giant/songwriter Richard Thompson; and, from The Band,
drummer Levon Helm.
December 30th 6:00 – 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…”
A marathon of five previous episodes of “Spectacle: Elvis Costello
January 6th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Elvis
In this very special edition of Spectacle, Elvis Costello slides from the
host chair to guest chair for a revealing conversation with actress/music
journalist Mary Lousie Parker. While it’s impossible to cover all of Costello’s
30 year plus musical journey in an hour, he performs a wide selection of his
January 13th at 10:00pm “Elvis Costello with Lyle Lovett, Ray
LaMontagne, and John Prine”
Elvis Costello explores the role of the singer/songwriter with three of
music’s best: the legendary and highly influential John Prine, four-time Grammy
winner Lyle Lovett, and the critically acclaimed Ray LaMontagne. Each stands
alone in the spotlight to perform and sits for an intimate chat with Elvis on
January 20th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Bruce
Springsteen part 1”
January 27th at 10:00pm “Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Bruce Springsteen
Elvis Costello sits down with Bruce Springsteen for a special two part
episode and, with his guitar in hand, he opens up about his pre-E Street Band
bands, his early and current inspirations, and the resurgence of New Jersey. E
Street Band members Nils Lofgren and Roy Bittan sit in for a couple of songs.
The inaugural season of “Spectacle” featured an extraordinary and
eclectic roster of legendary musicians and fascinating personalities including:
Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Smokey Robinson, The
Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), James Taylor, Herbie
Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John
Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), Norah
Jones, Jenny Lewis, Renée Fleming and President Bill Clinton.
Season one of “Spectacle” is now available on iTunes, and a
DVD/BluRay box set was released in the U.S. on November 17, 2009.