Soundstage, the PBS series that put viewers in the front row of concerts by artists ranging from Bob Dylan to the Temptations, is back on television after being muscled out 18 years ago by the music video.Those behind the series hope its raw approach — no glitz, just music — appeals to those put off by the record industry’s focus on glamour.
The hourlong shows are taped in front of a live audience at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago. The Public Broadcasting Service affiliate, which also produced the original series, keeps editing to a minimum. Performers are encouraged to talk with the audience, and if artists make mistakes, the cameras capture it all.
With the first season in the can, WTTW and partner HD Ready, a suburban video company, are planning for a second. Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will be taping next week, Thomas said. Randy King, WTTW executive television producer, said the station is working to schedule groups such as Coldplay, A Tribe Called Quest and Radiohead. [from canoe, thanks Sanjay]