By Mike Greenblatt
Elvis Costello & The Imposters' special high-definition pay-per-view concert performance of “The Spectacular Spinning Songbook” premieres May 7, 2012.
The one-hour extravaganza—which will be broadcast on cable systems across the United States throughout May and June — has him performing surprise songs with surprise special guests. The songs are picked by his audience who come up one by one and spin the big wheel.
“Around and around she goes and where she stops nobody knows,” barks Costello.
This marks the first time his game-show styled concert (that Costello has been performing since 1986) has been seen on cable television. This high-definition $9.99 pay-per-view special will be followed May 24 by a video-on-demand edition. Both editions are carried by cable systems on their PPV Event or VOD channels, distributed to cable by iN DEMAND (the TV home of Howard Stern).
Filmed recently at The Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, the show features Costello’s longtime keyboard man Steve Nieve, drummer Pete Thomas and bassist Davey Faragher.