In a recent phone interview, Shaffer spoke to Vanity Fair about the origins of the album, praised his high-profile collaborators, and delved into his back catalog to talk about his short-lived stint as a sitcom star, working with Bill Murray , Gilda Radner, and the Blues Brothers—and bringing back Artie Fufkin, of Spinal Tap fame. Vanity Fair: This is your first album in quite some time. What was the impetus to actually reenter the studio? So he offered to let me make this record; talk about an impetus. It was more like a lifesaver! When the time came to seek out vocalists for the album, did you just reach into your rolodex? Since you mentioned Mr. Murray: you obviously go way back. And once he committed to it, he really did a great job.
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Stephen Colbert will take over the Late Show beginning Sept. Three hours after riding in the wind and rain and cold, we got to the campsite. Some people had gone ahead and built a roaring campfire. The horses were turned out, and we were all standing around the campfire warming up. I had actually gotten a call to do his daytime show.
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On November 19th, , Mr. Below, Dave Godowsky who plays Izzy Stradlin revisits the performance, which he declares the worst to ever air on the show. I remember taking a shot of whiskey while being escorted to perform on the stage of The Late Show with David Letterman , and a hair from my wig was stuck in my mouth.
Paul Shaffer, the perennial sidekick, does just fine as a frontman. Of course, Shaffer is not a singer; he was serviceable at best. On TV, you may have heard only snippets here and there as the show went into or came out of commercials. But they played with precision and flair on Saturday — even with a substitute drummer, Will Calhoun, of the band Living Colour. Shaffer made sure that every player — from the horn men to the drummer — got solo opportunities. Her minor vocal shortcomings were apparent whenever Collins handled lead vocals.