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On October 30th, 2002,Warren  Zevon was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour. The band played “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” as his introduction. Zevon performed several songs and spoke at length about his illness. Zevon had been a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman’s television shows since Late Night was first broadcast in 1982. He noted, “I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years.” It was during this broadcast that, when asked by Letterman if he knew something more about life and death now, he first offered his oft-quoted insight on dying: “Enjoy every sandwich.”  .

Letterman was a huge Zevon fan and he’d featured the singer on his show dozens of times, often subbing him in for Paul Shaffer when the bandleader was busy with other projects.

He also thanked Letterman for his years of support, calling him “the best friend my music’s ever had”. For his final song of the evening, and his final public performance, Zevon performed “Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner” at Letterman’s request. In the green room after the show, Zevon presented Letterman with the guitar that he always used on the show, with a single request: “Here, I want you to have this, take good care of it.”  The day after Zevon’s death, Letterman paid tribute to Zevon by replaying his performance of “Mutineer” from his last appearance. The Late Show band played Zevon’s songs throughout the night.

The show on October 30th, 2002 was one of the most emotional Letterman broadcasts ever, but Zevon did his best to keep things light. he said. “I have a form of lung cancer that spread. It means you better get your dry cleaning done on special.” He also talked about his in-progress album The Wind, which came out the following August. “They certainly don’t discourage you from doing whatever you want,” he said. “It’s not like bed rest and a lot of water will straighten you out.” .

Warren Zevon had no plans to tour at this point, so he knew that his live renditions of “Mutineer,” “Genius” and “Roland the Headless Gunner” would probably be his final public performances. Many in the audience probably had trouble maintaining their composure, but Zevon never wavered. He was absolutely brilliant.

“After the show, it was heartbreaking he was in his dressing room,” Letterman told Rolling Stone in an interview in 2008. “We were talking and this and that. Here’s a guy who had months to live and we’re making small talk. And as we’re talking, he’s taking his guitar strap and hooking it, wrapping it around, then he puts the guitar into the case and he flips the snaps on the case and says,

‘Here, I want you to have this, take good care of it.’ And I just started sobbing. He was giving me the guitar that he always used on the show. I felt like, ‘I can’t be in this movie, I didn’t get my lines.’ That was very tough.”

Contrary to the predictions of many doctors, Zevon lived another 11 months after his Letterman appearance, Zevon stated previously that his illness was expected to be terminal within months after the diagnosis in the fall of 2002; however, he lived to see the birth of twin grandsons in June 2003 and the release of The Wind on August 26th, 2003

More so than any other musical guest Letterman has had on his two late-night TV shows over the past 33 years, Zevon was a perennial favorite, appearing more than a dozen times. Not just because he wrote and sang some great songs, but because he was funny, self-deprecating and a cynical bastard — just like LettermanZevon played two songs on his first Letterman appearance “Excitable Boy‘s” title track and “The Overdraft” from the new LP — and he sat down to talk with the host, and he proved to be a charming, witty and biting guest, unlike most musicians (which is why they mostly just perform their hit song and get out of there). No doubt Letterman saw something of himself in Zevon,

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As we get near the release date for Father John Misty’s much anticipated third album, “Pure Comedy”, the promotion for the record seems to be ramping up. From the countless quotable and thought-provoking interviews and articles to Saturday Night Live performances , it’s hard to deny that Josh Tillman has dominated the music press cycle over the last couple of months.

He once again found himself on the late-night TV stage as he returned to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to play Pure Comedy highlight “The Ballad of the Dying Man.” Compared to previous appearance on the show, Tillman keeps things on the tamer side and turns in an excellent performance, aided in no small part by the chorus of singers off to his left. There’s also a nice little moment where he slightly flubs a lyric heading into the song’s last verse and quickly laughs it off as he keeps on rolling.

Keeping up the momentum, this morning Josh Tillman announced a bevy of new international tour dates. From the looks of it, he’ll be on the road from now through to Thanksgiving, with only a few breaks in between, so if you were hoping to get a chance to see him bring Pure Comedy to life, then odds are you’ll have that chance (provided you live in North America or Europe). He’ll be joined throughout the year by a rotating slate of excellent supporting acts, including Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, Tennis and a lengthy run of shows with Weyes Blood.

Pure Comedy is out this Friday, April 7th, via Sub Pop Records

Father John Misty makes their triumphant return to the Late Show with a track from their album ‘Pure Comedy.

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Broken Social Scene return with their first new music in seven years, Released to the internet overnight, after a live performance on US television, ‘Halfway Home’ is the band’s first new music since the Forgiveness Rock Record back in 2010, and also comes hand-in-hand with a few European live dates for this coming May .

Soaring from the first kick of drums that welcomes it in to the world, the track is an expansive and radiant five-minutes, the simmering verses leaping in to life amid a surge of varied and colourful instrumentation that just might, and very well should, take your breath away. Utterly captivating throughout, and laced with that searing sense of wide-eyed jubilance that makes them such a thoroughly vital band, it’s an almighty return from the Canadian collective, and you can play it to your heart’s content below right now.

They debuted the song last night with a performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert that featured a 13-person band which included members of usual Broken Social Scene members Metric and Stars. The new single even sounds like a reunion, so cinematic and anthemic in scope that it wouldn’t be out of place soundtracking a powerful scene in a movie or TV show, and it’s a welcome return for sure

A dapper Will Toledo and his band made their network TV debut on last night’s Late Show, performing “Fill in the Blank,” the opener from their excellent record Teens of Denial. Car Seat Headrest were “decent at best,” at least to hear their taped-up bass drum tell it.

Truth be told, the performance is a little rough around the edges, but it’s a joy to see a talented band making good—there’s no question this appearance will introduce Toledo and co., who have thus far built most of their following on the internet, to a whole new, TV-watching audience.

Watch Car Seat Headrest “Fill in the Blank” above, and find out where Teens of Denial landed on Paste’s list of the year’s best albums so far

Ryan Adams has spent a good period over the last two weeks playing unique covers for his audiences. Initailly with his new band the Shining At one show, he covered Oasis’ “Morning Glory” and “Supersonic” for the first time ever; and then at The Newport Folk Fest this past weekend, with his other band Infamous Stringdusters he reimagined Slayer and Black Sabbath songs as Bluegrass standards.

However, during his appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, Adams turned the focus back on his own material to give fans something special: He dusted off his 2000 Heartbreaker track “Oh My Sweet Carolina”. It was an intimate and sweet performance as well as a nice throwback moment, especially considering most artists usually play newer stuff off their repertoire when they hit up the late-night circuit.

For the performance, Ryan Adams was joined by Infamous Stringdusters along with Nicki Bluhm, who also accompanied him at Newport Folk Festival over the weekend.

Iggy Pop Details Post Pop Depression, Shares

Last night, Iggy Pop was the musical guest on  “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” He performed his new single “Gardenia” from his upcoming album Post Pop Depression, alongside the record’s producer, Josh Homme (of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal). They also sat down with Colbert to discuss how they came together. 

Speaking about shacking up with Iggy in Joshua Tree, Homme says, “I’m such a huge fan of Iggy, and to see him in a kimono is … it’s just enough to leave something to the imagination. And I’ve got a really good imagination.” Iggy Pop and Josh Homme perform a song from their forthcoming album “Post Pop Depression.”

The album was produced by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age/Eagles of Death Metal)

They didn’t reveal much about what the record will sound like, however, Homme did indicate that it will pick up where Iggy Pop’s 1977 album Lust For Life left off. The Queens of the Stone Age frontman also described the first time he and the band jammed with Iggy: “We get to ‘Lust for Life,’ we’re all sweating and dancing around with this moronic look on our faces. Iggy looked over at me and [winked]…with Iggy, compliments are not forthcoming. It was a real moment.”

Discussing the albums lyrical themes Pop said: “What happens after your years of service? And where is the honour?In American life, because it’s so hypercompetitive, what happens when you’re finally useless to everyone except hopefully not yourself? What happens then? And can you continue to be of use to yourself? I had a kind of character in mind. It was sort of a cross between myself and a military veteran.”

Homme and Pop plan to tour the record with Fertita and Helders, alongside QOTSA’s Troy Van Leeuwen and Chavez’s Matt Sweeney.

Alabama Shakes performed a track from their latest album “Sound and Color”  on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The southern rock outfit Alabama Shakes played “Joe,” an outtake from their new album, “Sound and Color,”

Alabama Shakes’ 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, was an instant-vintage roots-rock triumph. But that wasn’t enough for these free-spirited, hot-blooded rock & rollers, and their follow-up is a different beast entirely: One of the year’s most daring interstellar groove journeys. Lead singer Brittany Howard is still a one-of-a-kind stunner, and there’s plenty of Memphis fire from guitarist Heath Fogg to go around. But the songs come wrapped in a heady blend of organs, vibraphones, strings and synths – rich new hues that tear through the dividing line between old-school soul and the newer, weirder stuff. This is the sound of a band with whole galaxies ahead of it. No wonder both Paul McCartney and Prince heard this album and wanted to get in on the fun.

The song builds around a trio of soulful backup singers that suits Britany Howard’s delivery as wine suits, well, more wine.

The performance marked yet another powerful showing on Colbert’s version of the still young “Late Night,” which is fast earning its place as a coveted music gig on the network television circuit.



David Letterman is just a week away from retirement from The Late Show and brought Ryan Adams back to perform “Starting To Hurt” – the same song he performed on The Late show 13 years ago! Last night Ryan came back for his 11th and final performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, celebrating Dave’s incredible 22 year run. Watch a performance of “Starting To Hurt”, the same song which Ryan played during his second appearance on Letterman back in 2002.Check them both out below…Adams recently released a new 7-inch three-track EP called I Do Not Feel Like Being Good. He’s currently on the road performing a string of dates before he hits a handful of festivals, including Governors Ball, Glastonbury, and Sasquatch! 

Though it’s difficult to find a hard count, it’s quite possible that Ryan Adams has appeared on Late Show more than nearly any other musical guest during David Letterman’s nearly 22 year tenure. The alt-country singer made his tenth stop at the Ed Sullivan Theater just this past September, with the host noting, “We can’t have him on the show too often, he’s a delightfully talented gentleman.” Last night, Ryan Adams came back for his 11th and final ride, and what a final ride it was.

Adams and his band performed “Starting To Hurt”, the same song which he played during his second appearance on Letterman back in 2002.  The three-minute performance wasn’t enough for Letterman, however, who pleaded for a “little more.” Adams quickly obliged, leading his band into another rendition, this time with the backing of Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra

First Aid Kit perform the title track to their new EP, “America,” on the David letterman Show. As the final episodes of ” The Late Show ” winds down  David Letterman has asked some of his musical guests to cover some of his favorite songs, with Tracy Chapman covering the late  Ben E King “Stand By Me” and John Mayer  offering his rendition of Don McLean’s classic song “American Pie” Thursday night, he welcomed Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit to play the Simon and Garfunkel classic “America” a song they had covered previously and released on a special Record Store Day Black Friday 10″ EP. last year.

Before the duo performed the song, backed by a pianist and (an unpaid, according to Letterman) string section, Letterman explained the reason why he asked them to play that particular song. According to the host, “America” was one of two songs, along with the aforementioned “Stand By Me,” that he used to sing to his son as a part of their bed time rituals when the child was young. After the performance, an emotional Letterman thanked the duo and noted that their performance meant a great deal to him.

Watch the performance,  including Letterman’s introduction.


Ryan Adams performed an acoustic version of “Gimme Something Good” last night on The Late Late Show, which was guest hosted by Judd Apatow. He was accompanied by legendary musician Don Was for a somber rendition of the Ryan Adams track.

The performance happened on the same day that it was announced Adams and Mandy Moore filed for a divorce. US Weekly has a statement from Moore’s rep that reads, “Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have mutually decided to end their marriage of almost 6 years… It is a respectful, amicable parting of ways and both Mandy and Ryan are asking for media to respect their privacy at this time.”
In context, you can understand why this performance is so much heavier than other performances we’ve seen of the song. With Ryan Adams on acoustic guitar and Don Was on upright bass, the two turn the original into a model of haunting beauty. Ryan gently strums the song while Don lays the bass foundation. The vocals highlight the song, as Ryan delivers them with emotion and determination.

“Gimme Something Good” is the first track from Ryan Adams’ 2014 self-titled release,