Tag Archives: David Letterman

December 04

Warren Zevon – Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner (Live on Letterman in 2002)

“Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner” was David Letterman’s favorite Warren Zevon song. Letterman begged him to play it when he had him on for the whole show on October 30, 2002. Zevon had already been diagnosed with cancer, and would leave this world less than a year later. The show is an emotional one, and Dave is clearly […]

October 10

Steve Earle – City Of Immigrants (Live on Letterman in 2007)

“City Of Immigrants” is from Steve Earle’s 2007 album Washington Square Serenade. It’s a feel good song about the immigrant melting pot that is New York City. In this version on the Late Show With David Letterman, Earle plays it with a band that includes Paul Shaffer on harmonium and Earle’s wife Allison Moorer on background vocals.

September 15

Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – Friend Of The Devil (Live on Letterman in 1993)

This is an unexpected treat – a clip of Jerry Garcia and David Grisman performing “Friend Of The Devil”. Always a fruitful musical combination, this one is extra special because it’s from the Late Show With David Letterman, 22 years ago today. I ran across this video earlier today in my Facebook newsfeed, and it was […]

June 30

B.B. King – Back In L.A. (Live on Letterman in 1992)

“Hollywood and Vine to the Sunset Strip / There’s so much going on, you can lose your grip” “Back In L.A.” is from B.B. King’s 1991 album There Is Always One More Time. It’s one of the funkiest B.B. King songs I’ve ever heard. I blame the bass line.  Here he is performing “Back In L.A.”, […]

June 27

Lou Reed – What’s Good (Live on Letterman in 1992)

In my ongoing hunt for the best musical guests from Late Night With David Letterman, I’ve found that all the clips that are available are digitized from video recorded at the time the show originally aired. So to get access to these clips, it requires someone being obsessed enough to record it on a VCR […]

June 26

Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days (Live on Letterman in 1993)

It’s been a big week. The Supremes upheld the Affordable Care Act, and legalized gay marriage. A good week for America; a good week for Americans. So we’re going to celebrate by posting the last musical guest ever on Late Night With David Letterman on NBC: Bruce Springsteen performing “Glory Days” with the Late Night […]

June 21

Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman – The Winners (Live on Letterman in 1991)

The late 80s and early 90s were full of the sounds of Rob Wasserman on bass. Bobby was touring with him, and those shows were circulating among tapers. He was all over the place on Lou Reed’s 1992 album Magic & Loss. He released his own record, with people like Jerry Garcia and Edie Brickell sitting […]