The Police tape 'Spectacle - Elvis Costello with...' in New York...August 06, 2008
The Police made the first television performance of their reunion tour on August 6 when the band taped an episode of 'Spectacle: Elvis Costello with The Police' in Haarlem's historic and very intimate Apollo Theatre.
Over 160 fan club members were lucky enough to be in the audience to see Sting, Andy and Stewart be individually interviewed (as well as together) by Elvis Costello - in addition to some interesting and raucous performances.
Among the songs performed were Elvis Costello and Andy Summer's take on Charlie Mingus' 'Weird Nightmare', Sting and Elvis on both Alison and John Dowland's 'Flow My Tears' (with Sting on lute), Elvis performing 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'. Elvis Costello was an articulate and intelligent interviewer and 'Spectacle' should prove to be a stimulating and welcome addition to music television, ranking alongside the BBC's flagship music programme 'Later with Jools Holland'.
The final part of the show was mesmerising - The Police together with Elvis Costello and the Imposters performing Cream's 'Sunshine of Your Love', Hendrix's 'Purple Haze', 'Watching The Detectives' and 'Walking on The Moon'.
While The Police may have saved their one television performance of their record breaking reunion tour for the eve of the final concert at Madison Square Garden, happily viewers have a real treat to look forward to later this year when 'Spectacle' airs.
Finally, a huge thanks to all the fan club members who managed to attend and create such a great atmosphere in the venue. It seems like a great time was enjoyed by all!