Last September, I was among the lucky few crowded into Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater for a taping of Elvis Costello’s Sundance Channel music/talk show, Spectacle. His guest that night was Bruce Springsteen. Elvis and the Boss proceeded to trade stories, joke around, and perform for nearly four hours, all told — enough to make two episodes of Spectacle where they’d only planned on recording one.
Part 1 of Springsteen’s Spectacle visit aired on the Sundance Channel last week. Part 2 is on tonight at 10 P.M., and we’ve got an exclusive clip from tonight’s episode right here on the Music Mix. As you’ll see, it’s a conversation between Springsteen and Costello on topics including the influence of Bob Dylan on both of their work. “He’s the father of the country that I recognize,” Springsteen says. “He’s the father of my country.” Albums like Highway 61 Revisited, he adds, “opened up your vision in a way that, for me at the time, school didn’t do.”
Check out the clip below. I’m not sure anything tonight can top the solo acoustic performance of “American Skin (41 Shots)” that Springsteen gave on last week’s episode — that was surely one of the most moving musical performances I’ve ever witnessed — but I’ll be tuning in at 10 anyway. How about you?
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