Stephen Colbert taking over “The Late Show” is good news for music fansBy Matt Miller | April 10th, 2014 | No Comments »
CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert will be taking over David Letterman’s job as host of the “The Late Show,” which is good news for musicians and music fans.
There’s a lot to like about Colbert: he’s obsessed with Lord of the Rings, he’s run for president, he has his own ice cream, has great hair, but most importantly, he’s a music lover. With a background in musical theater, Colbert sings, dances and performs with his musical guests. Just this Christmas, he performed “Silver Bells” with the National and Gregg Allman.
Of the many great men and women who were rumored to be considered for the “Late Show” job, we have to applaud the choice of Colbert in hopes that his music taste will follow him to late night television. Like Jimmy Fallon, who took over the “Tonight Show,” Colbert has a track record of bringing an unpredictable and well-curated group of musical guests on his show. Just this year he’s brought on St. Vincent and Pussy Riot.
Why is it important for us to care what kind of music taste these late night hosts have? Well, performances on the “Tonight Show” and “The Late Show” can make for a band’s biggest breaks. Remember what happened earlier this year with Future Islands? The band, which has been making music for a long time, gave a performance on “The Late Show,” and after Letterman’s reaction to the music went viral, Future Islands was suddenly a household name.
So, when Colbert takes over after Letterman retires, you can look forward to more great music on late night TV. We predict it will be tough deciding who to watch for musical performances: Colbert or Fallon? Until then, enjoy this NPR interview with Colbert, in which the comedian/host lovingly details his favorite music.