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Elvis Costello and The Spinning Songbook

Special Pay-Per-View Concert Performance Will Air Exclusively On
Cable Starting May 7
May 11, 2012
Elvis Costello

Review by Mike Greenblatt

Elvis Costello and The Imposters' unique concert style wows audiences when he allows his set-list to be chosen by "The Spectacular Spinning Songbook," a monumental game-show type wheel spun by fans. Now, for the first time, cable audiences around the country can join the fun with his first-ever Pay-Per-View (PPV) and Video On Demand (VOD) special, "Elvis Costello & The Spinning Songbook," with special surprise guests and songs, starting in May. Fans will have a number of opportunities to create a party around this one hour special. It premieres on May 7 in High Definition PPV* and starts May 24 on VOD. The PPV concert will be available throughout May and June at various times in both SD and HD. (Highlights of the PPV and VOD schedule below).

"The Spectacular Spinning Songbook" made its first appearance in 1986 at the Beverly Theatre in Los Angeles during the "Costello Sings Again Tour." Last year, Elvis Costello and the Imposters set out on The Revolver Tour and, for the first time in 25 years, Costello once again allowed his set-list to be chosen via The Spectacular Spinning Songbook, featuring songs from his latest critically acclaimed release National Ransom, plus new renditions of hits, rarities and unexpected covers. Expanded from its initial short run in the spring to encompass summer and fall dates, the tour was greeted by popular acclaim across the country, with Rolling Stone reporting, "Costello worked the stage like a burlesque-club emcee, cracking wise at a mile a minute and spinning a dandy's walking stick."

"Elvis Costello & The Spinning Songbook" is available for $9.99 (SRP). This one hour TV special was filmed at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater. The program is distributed to cable by iN DEMAND L.L.C. "Elvis Costello & The Spinning Songbook" is produced by Christian Macklam and Aron Levine in association with Sea to Sky Studios and ReKon Productions.

Consumers can locate and order the special from their cable system's PPV Event or VOD channels or find current play-dates and PPV channels by going to:, or cable system on-screen guides. SD telecasts can be found on iN DEMAND 1 or 3. The HD version is on HDPPV.

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Elvis Costello & the Imposters - Concert review - Milwaukee, WI April 2005
Elvis Costello (SxSW Festival 2005) - Festival review - Austin, TX March 2005
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