Elvis Costello’s talk show debuts next week

Posted: November 25, 2008 by ginavivinetto in Gina Vivinetto, music, television
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By Gina Vivinetto

Former angry young man Elvis Costello will debut his new one-hour talk show Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… on the Sundance channel December 3. I know, it’s hilarious to picture Elvis chatting up famous rock stars. Take it from someone who’s interviewed him: Elvis is an effin’ mumbler.


Mr. Costello’s first guest will be Sir Elton John, who also serves as the program’s executive producer. The projected schedule of guests:

12/3: Elton John
12/10: Lou Reed + Julian Schnabel
12/17: Bill Clinton
12/24: James Taylor
12/31: Tony Bennett
1/7: The Police
1/14: Rufus Wainwright
1/21: Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp
1/28: Renée Fleming
2/4: Herbie Hancock
2/11: She & Him, Jenny Lewis, Jakob Dylan
2/18: Diana Krall
2/25: Smokey Robinson

Here’s hoping keyboardist Herbie Hancock doesn’t remind Elvis (and his audience) of that famously off-the-cuff and off-color comment Elvis made years ago about Ray Charles being “a blind ignorant n*****.”

  1. Deborah Frost says:

    You just don’t understand English people.

  2. Steph says:

    I really hope that Ozzy Osbourne makes an appearance. Of course this may require a translator.

  3. Ruth Robinson says:

    i despise how cavalier people are about musician jerks like this one, whose marginal talent allows him to call Ray Charles a “blind, ignorant N*****” Costello is a sad example of what a tiny bit of fame can do…so sorry for you, you wanker.

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