For immediate release
October 20, 1998
ELVIS COSTELLO AND BURT BACHARACH MAKE RARE BROADCAST PERFORMANCE THIS WEEK ON NPR'S ANTHEM
WASHINGTON, DC - Two of pop music's legendary forces - Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach - team up for a very rare broadcast performance and interview this weekend on NPR's new program Anthem®. Please check with your local NPR member station for broadcast time.
"Pretty intense stuff," Bacharach tells Anthem® co-hosts Renee Montagne and Rick Karr about the transatlantic collaboration that resulted in the pair's new album Painted from Memory. "It felt very, very good." Bacharach is best known for pop staples such as Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, Walk on By, and That's What Friends Are For. Costello's rougher-edged work set the standard for a younger generation of songwriters.
Costello, surprisingly, has been performing Bacharach's songs in concert since the late 1970's. "Most of what I was doing at that time was pretty fast and furious," he tells Montagne and Karr. "It was quite easy to go mad on stage and hold people's attention. It was much tougher to do this."
Every week, NPR's Anthem® explores American life and culture through an innovative mix of entertainment and information. A live performance and chat with a critically acclaimed musician or group forms the centerpiece of each week's show. Previous musical guests have included Keb Mo, They Might Be Giants, Iris De Ment and Pat Metheny. Other guests have included actor James Earl Jones, writer Anne Lamott and U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.
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