Elvis Costello turns TV chat show host

Elvis Costello is set to follow in the footsteps of Michael Parkinson and Jonathan Ross with his own ‘music and chat’ TV show, titled ‘Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…’.


The 13-part, one-hour TV show – recorded in New York – is expected to be broadcast later this year in the USA and Canada, and on Channel 4 in the UK. It will feature Elvis chatting and performing with special guests Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, and former US president Bill Clinton.


Other guests being lined up are said to include Elvis Presley’s former guitarist James Burton, legendary producer, pianist, songwriter, arranger, singer Allen Toussaint, and jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny.


The show’s producers reportedly approached Costello to host the show after seeing him successfully fill in for David Letterman a couple of years ago. Costello, who lives in New York and Vancouver with his wife Diana Krall, agreed to give it a shot.


According to the production company, one of the early shows will see Costello performing with Elton John, while in another episode saxophone-playing Bill Clinton will discuss the influence of music on his career.


“I’ve always been curious about the things that make people motivated to make music throughout their life,” said Costello. “It’s not a show about trying to uncover a dark secret that somebody’s got hidden. Rather, it’s their opportunity to talk about some things that they don’t get to talk about in the regular showbiz interview.”


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