As regular readers of this blog know, one of my favorite new shows from last year was Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..., and I doubt anyone was as happy as me to hear back in April news of its renewal.
The first season was a revelation for any music geek, full of not only performances, but fascinating discussions revolving around our love of music. Since it was their first season, some of the music choices felt like they were figuring things out (while the James Taylor, Tony Bennett and Renee Fleming episodes had their moments, there was also periods of watching paint dry).
The lineup this year is much better. Staring with U2 and ending with Macca is a pretty good way to go, and you've that tasty Springsteen, John Prine, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson middle.
While episode dates haven't been divulged (other than it starting in December), here's the rumored order of the performances that make the initial six episode order:
EP201 - Bono, The Edge
EP202 - Neko Case, Jesse Winchester, Sheryl Crow, Ron Sexsmith
EP203 - Bruce Springsteen
EP204 - Ray LaMontagne, Lyle Lovett, John Prine
EP205 - Levon Helm, Allen Toussaint, Nick Lowe, Richard Thompson
EP206 - Paul McCartney
UPDATE: Season One, featuring Lou Reed, The Police, Elton John and more, will be released on DVD November 3.
(hat tip to Bumpershine)
Previously: Spectacle Renewal