Next week late night talk show host David Letterman will retire from
The Late Show. To pay tribute to Letterman we launched a
column called Letterman Music Files to present some of the many incredible
performances that aired on both Late Night and The Late Show since
well as interview segments. Today, we're re-sharing the original Letterman Music
Files column we published as we approach Wednesday's finale.
David's team had a uncanny knack for booking musical performers that would really
impact and with a house band dubbed "The World's Most Dangerous Band" led by Paul
he was able to bring on certain musicians without having to invite their band mates.
example, Letterman welcomed Grateful Dead guitarists Bob Weir and
Garcia for three appearances between 1982 and 1989.
To kick off Letterman Music Files we look at rare rehearsal footage of Weir,
and members of The World's Most Dangerous Band from their October 13, 1989 appearance
Late Night. Watch as they rehearse "I Second That Emotion":
And here's the performance that aired on the actual episode followed by an interview
in which Jerry & Bob discuss a potential show in Russia that never happened:
[Published on: 5/17/15]