Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…

Bringing Season 2 of Spectacle to a close, Springsteen returns to the stage to wrap up his conversation with Elvis Costello in the second part of the season finale. Please find attached the link to three audio and video clips from the final episode in the finale of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… featuring Bruce Springsteen (premiering Saturday, May 1 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV).

In the second instalment in the two-part season finale, Elvis Costello continues his conversation with the legendary Bruce Springsteen.

Elvis Costello chats with Bruce Springsteen on the season finale of Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… premiering Saturday, May 1.

In the final instalment of this two-part season finale (May 1), Elvis Costello continues his conversation with Bruce Springsteen and, with his guitar in hand, ‘The Boss’ opens up about his pre-E Street Band bands. He also chats about 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.

Listed as one of the top shows of 2009 by U.S. heavy weight publications such as TIME Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and the New York Times, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… proved that there is substantial audience for an intelligent and entertaining program about music. It also became one of last season’s Top 10 new television series in Canada.

10:00pm – Saturday, April 24 on CTV

In the first installment of this two-part season finale, Elvis Costello sits down with Bruce Springsteen and, with his guitar in hand, he opens up about his pre-E Street Band bands. He also chats about 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.

CTV announced today a special holiday sneak peek of Season 2 of SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… featuring special guests Bono and The Edge. Premiering Friday, December 11 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), the special episode marks the first time CTV’s critically-acclaimed original music/talk series has been taped in Canada. The top-secret performance caught Torontonians by surprise last September, creating a fan frenzy when locals realized Bono and The Edge were appearing at CTV’s historic Masonic Temple studio, joining an impressive lineage of rock royalty that have performed in the building. The rest of the seven-part season will be seen in its entirety as part of CTV’s mid-season schedule.

The SPECTACLE sneak preview is the second of three Friday night music specials on CTV featuring world-renowned artists, beginning on December 4 at 10 p.m. ET with THE BEATLES ON RECORD and ending with MICHAEL BUBLÉ MEETS MADISON SQUARE GARDEN on December 18 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV.

In SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH…Bono and The Edge, host Elvis Costello presents an in-depth look at the musical roots of the Dublin rockers, their philanthropy initiatives and the inspiring words of their musical idols Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Frank Sinatra. Bono and The Edge pull the curtain back on the writing and recording process behind some of their most famous recordings; discuss their unlikely friendship with Frank Sinatra; and perform rarities as well as a show ending mash-up with Elvis and The Imposters. Songs performed during the episode include “Stuck In a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”, “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)”, “Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad”, and “Pump It Up / Get On Your Boots”.

“To witness these revered performers rock and talk in such a hallowed setting was magical,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “The Masonic Temple’s rich musical history just got a whole lot richer.”

Shooting in Canada for the first time, the episode was shot at one of the most renowned musical venues in Canada, the Concert Hall in Toronto’s legendary Masonic Temple. This stage has seen the likes of music icons from David Bowie and The Ramones to Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, creating a distinct musical culture and aura that sets the mood for the second season of SPECTACLE. A second episode of SPECTACLE was shot at the Masonic Temple earlier this month.

As previously announced, the prestigious line-up for the rest of this season includes Grammy®, Golden Globe® and Oscar® winning New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen; multi-Grammy®, multi-platinum artist Sheryl Crow; Grammy® winners Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Levon Helm and Allen Toussaint; Neko Case, Jesse Winchester, Ray LaMontagne, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson and JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith.

Embraced by both critics and viewers in its ground-breaking first season, SPECTACLE proved that there is a substantial audience for an intelligent and entertaining program about music, becoming one of last season’s Top 10 new television series in Canada*. Designed to provide a forum for in-depth discussion and performance with the most interesting and influential artists and personalities of our time, the CTV original series fuses the best of talk and music television. SPECTACLE also features a variety of performance elements including unique collaborations, acoustic and impromptu “illustrative” demonstrations of the creative process, and some original interpretations of others’ songs by Costello.

SPECTACLE’s inaugural season featured an extraordinary and eclectic roster of legendary musicians and fascinating personalities, starting with Sir Elton John, before delving into an astonishing range of musical genres, including pop, rock, jazz, country and even opera. Guests ranged from The Police to President Bill Clinton, and the series won rave reviews all over the world, airing on CTV and Bravo! in Canada and on Sundance Channel in the U.S., as well as on Channel 4 in the UK, ABC in Australia, HBO throughout Latin America, and in a number of other international territories. Season 1 of SPECTACLE is now available on iTunes, and a DVD/BluRay box set was released throughout North America on November 10, 2009.

Co-produced by Toronto’s reinvention entertainment, SpyBox Pictures and Prospero Pictures, along with London-based Rocket Pictures in association with CTV and Sundance Channel, SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO WITH… is an unpredictable and unprecedented television experience. The series of one-hour programs features everything from intimate one-on-ones with legendary performers and notable newcomers to thematic panel discussions. Season 2 of the series was taped in front of a live audience at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater in New York City and Toronto’s historic Masonic Temple.

Consistent with Sir Elton John’s long-standing commitment to philanthropy and music, the series producers have struck an exciting association with the (Product) RED (www.joinred.com) campaign created to raise awareness and money for the Global Fund (www.theglobalfund.org) to fight AIDS in Africa. Select program excerpts and performances will be distributed in a variety of new media and conventional platforms, with a portion of the profits directed to the Global Fund.

10:00pm – Friday, December 11 on CTV

In this Season 2 sneak peek episode shot at the historic Masonic Temple in Toronto, host Elvis Costello presents an in-depth look at the musical roots of the Dublin rockers, their philanthropy initiatives and the inspiring words of their musical idols Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Frank Sinatra. Bono and The Edge pull the curtain back on the writing and recording process behind some of their most famous recordings; discuss their unlikely friendship with Frank Sinatra; and perform rarities as well as a show ending mash-up with Elvis and The Imposters. Songs performed during the episode include “Stuck In a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of”, “Stay (Faraway, So Close!)”, “Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad”, and “Pump It Up / Get On Your Boots”.

10:00pm – Sunday, November 8 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

The brutally honest Rufus Wainwright talks about his influences and inspirations as a musician, from his family to the heavyweights of pop and opera, and throws in a passionate performance while he’s at it.

10:00pm – Sunday, October 25 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

In this very special episode, SPECTACLE host Elvis Costello recuses himself from the proceedings when his wife, Diana Krall, turns up as the featured guest. SPECTACLE executive producer and music legend Sir Elton John steps into the breach to conduct his first-ever interview. Sharing their love of piano (where the interview takes place), jazz, sad songs and great singers, Diana and Elton engage in playful banter, explore some history and even team up for a duet on one of Elton’s biggest hits. The very talented Christian McBride (bass) and Karriem Riggins (drums) join Diana on a couple of extraordinary performances, while Elvis shows up again at the end to join his wife and Elton for a funny and charming closing number.

10:00pm – Sunday, October 18 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

James Taylor epitomizes the term “singer-songwriter,” and in this rare, in-depth interview, he sheds light on the various influences that have shaped his music over the past 40 years or so. With a guitar readily at hand throughout the hour, Taylor shifts easily and engagingly from conversation to performance mode, playing some of his best-known songs and some of his favorites by other writers, including Carole King and George Jones. Elvis joins James in song a couple of times, to charming effect. The intimate conversation includes the very personal (Taylor’s upbringing, family and occasional struggles with personal demons) and, naturally, the very musical (influences, collaborations and inspirations). Throughout it all, the pure, sweet James Taylor voice that has seduced music fans for four decades remains a thing of beauty and comfort.

10:00pm – Sunday, October 11 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

The “guitar pull” is said to have started in Johnny Cash’s living room in Tennessee, with writers and musicians such as Kris Kristofferson, Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan taking turns playing their songs for the Man in Black and his guests. Some years later, Elvis gathers a stellar group for a “guitar pull” of his own – and it includes a couple of people who were at the original gatherings in the Cash home, namely, American songwriting royalty, Kris Kristofferson and Cash’s daughter, Rosanne. Rounding out the group are the golden-voiced Norah Jones (who brings along a “new” song co-written by Hank Williams) and American rock superstar John Mellencamp, who strips his music down to the bare essentials. If not exactly a hootenanny, this star-studded edition of SPECTACLE is a showcase for and an embarrassment of riches of the craft of songwriting, from some of the best-known (and loved) tunes of the past 40 years to brand-new, previously-unheard compositions.

10:00pm – Sunday, October 4 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

Elvis and The Police team up in an action-packed hour. The episode features the iconic band’s final television performance and interview as a group – and their first since 1984. This seminal television event was filmed at the world famous Apollo Theatre in New York last year, on the eve of their final farewell concert at Madison Square Garden. Costello sits down with Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland for a fascinating look at their careers and musical influences, followed by a raucous group session.

10:00pm – Sunday, September 27 on /A

Also airs at 11 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

Elvis and Elton explore Elton John’s love and passion for many of the musicians who’ve had an impact on his life and career – from Leon Russell to Laura Nyro – with some candid and hilarious anecdotes along the way. Elton sheds light on his 40-year working relationship with lyricist Bernie Taupin, and the show also includes an amusing exchange about Elvis and Elton’s real and stage names. In a television first, Elvis and Elton perform together with Elvis covering some of Elton John’s most beloved songs. Special musical guests include Allen Toussaint and James Burton joining Pete Thomas and Davey Faragher of Elvis Costello’s band The Imposters.