I often see posts showcasing last night’s live performance from the David Letterman Show. It is a great thing to do as most working people can’t stay up that late and it is a perfect opportunity to feature your band to the whole U.S. and the world through the internet.
It also reminds me back to when I was young. I always knew if a favorite band of mine, or a band that I wanted to see perform for the first time, was going to be the musical guest on Letterman. I was one of those rare people that could actually program my VCR. In recent years we have learned what an old pervert Letterman is and his character is hard to love. What has always been the draw for me as a music fan was Dave’s choice in band leader and side kick. Paul Shaffer is what makes Letterman brilliant. Paul is definitely why music fans love the show. He has great taste in music and keeps up with what is happening. He is not only an incredible musician but he is really funny as well. Paul got his U.S. start from Saturday Night Live with Bill Murray and all the greats. Paul has also guest-hosted for Letterman when he was away. His humor and musicianship make him by far the best bandleader/sidekick to ever appear on television.
Since the Top Ten list is a monument of David Letterman’s late night show, I have decided to go through years and years of live performances and pick out some that I think are the best. It is an unique venue because some of the big bands that I thought would have performed wonderfully didn’t. I was amazed at how some performers freeze once the red light goes on and they are on T.V. They also may have tried to be too cool and therefore way too boring for television. It does allow for those once in a lifetime opportunities and also for unique collaborations. Now that the show has moved to the Ed Sullivan Theater band’s love its musical history.
I chose #10 because of the way “The World’s Most Dangerous Band” gets to jam with Motorhead on a Chuck Berry song. Be sure to come back for #9 through #1.
Today at #10 we have Motorhead doing “Let it Rock” from 1991.
Was Lemmy handsome?