In the fall of 2009 – during downtime on his Working On A Dream Tour – Bruce Springsteen taped an amazing appearance on Elvis Costello’s talk show Spectacle. Recorded at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, the two artists talked for hours and performed an killer set backed by members of the E Street Band and the Impostors. A DVD of the entire second season of Spectacle hits stores today. Check out this clip of Springsteen and Costello performing Springsteen’s lost 1980s classic “Seeds.”
Springsteen has kept a very low profile over the past year and a half. There’s been the occasional charity gig and guest appearance as well as scattered rumors of recording sessions at his New Jersey home studio, but that’s about it. Here’s some unsolicited career advice: take a page out of the Prince playbook and announce a 28-night stand at New Jersey’s Izod Center. Some markets on the Working On A Dream tour were soft, but that’ll never happen in New Jersey. Also, the Nets don’t play there anymore – so the venue will bend over backwards to accommodate him.
Rolling Stone’s three-and-a-half star review from the April 28, 2011 issue:
The second season of Costello’s chat show once again features famous songwriters answering serious questions about their craft and performing with Costello’s Impostors. Bruce Springsteen’s visit is especially fascinating; during two 50-minute segments, he and Costello touch on a vast array of topics, including the musical tastes of Springsteen’s three kids (punk, Top 40 and Dylan), and bang through a charged-up medley of Springsteen’s “Radio Nowhere” and Costello’s “Radio Radio.” Also great: the episode featuring Bono and the Edge, where the frontman wails “Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad,” a rare 1997 track that U2 wrote for Frank Sinatra. – Barry Walters