When it was revealed the Foo Fighters would be David Letterman’s final musical act on CBS’s Late Show, it was pretty safe to assume they would perform “Everlong,” which Letterman revealed was his favorite song when the band performed on his first show back from open-heart surgery in 2000…
…Letterman’s intro to the performance, however, provided an interesting backstory as to how the Foos came to perform on said first show back. To make a long story short, here’s a quick rundown:
- Letterman wanted the Foo Fighters on the show.
- His people contacted the band’s people.
- The Foos were in South America on tour.
- Dave Grohl & Co. decided to cancel their tour in order to perform on Late Night.
- A beautiful friendship between a talk show host and a band is born.
There are two points I took away from that story:
- Foo Fighters must’ve really respected the hell out of Letterman
- I would’ve been super pissed if I were one of those fans in South America who missed out seeing the Foo Fighters…because they needed to appear on a talk show!
We’re sure the band has more than made it up to their South American fans by now, but wow…it just goes to show the influence and importance of Letterman.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.