Apparently, David Letterman has a type… salt-of-the-earth classic rock icons.
After bringing out Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp as musical guests to help count down Letterman’s time running The Late Show, John Fogerty showed up Wednesday to tear through three of his most famous songs: “Travelin’ Band,” “Proud Mary,” and “Fortunate Son.”
Fogerty’s voice has sounded better, but you can’t deny the band’s punch. And look at that plaid guitar! IT’S A PLAID LES PAUL AND I WANT IT.
Elsewhere, in late-night musical performances:
- Modest Mouse’s Strangers to Ourselves, their 2015 comeback after eight years off, wasn’t exactly met with a rapturous reception. It makes sense. In the time since We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank, the musical landscape changed dramatically, and the band’s wiry guitar-oriented sound was more or less left behind. With musicians pushing in radical new directions, Modest Mouse’s sound just doesn’t move the needle that much, outside of the band’s existing core following. But on Jimmy Kimmel Live, they made a case for why they’re still vital (at least live) with an intense version of “The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box” that would make even the late-night legends in Future Islands proud.
- The Irish band Kodaline brought their Don Henley via Snow Patrol sound to The Late Late Show with James Corden with “The One” from this year’s Coming Up For Air. If you can’t get enough of this song, it’s probably playing at a Starbucks, wedding or senior prom right now.