The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has boasted a wide range of world-class musical guest performing on the show, from folk legend Paul Simon (advertised under the pseudonym Troubled Waters), to renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, to hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar. Since The Late Show has such a huge sway to get both the top names and top performers, we’ve compiled a list of performers that we feel Stephen and the gang have no excuse not booking in the near future.
These boys (still) scream “New York City” louder than anyone else, leather jackets and all. It’s only fitting for The Late Show to get some locals on every once in a while, and while they don’t play together much anymore, surely they can regroup for a New York City institution such as The Late Show.
Did you see her on Saturday Night Live last week? She’s a powerful performer and wouldn’t have any trouble bringing down the house.
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Sometimes you just need some dirty, noisy punk music. When you need dirty, noisy punk music, you go and you find Joan Jett.
Whaaaaat? These guys are around every night! Unfortunately for us common home viewers, we don’t get to see them do much more than the opening theme (and sometimes the tail end of the songs they do during the commercials). Those lucky dogs in the audience at The Ed Sullivan Theater get to experience Stay Human in their fullest – when do we get the same?
What a get that would be, considering David Bowie has only performed a handful of times in the past decade. The glam rock legend mostly stays out of the spotlight these days – after his 2013 release The Next Day, Bowie didn’t perform or even do interviews to support it. Ultimately not likely, but if anyone can do it, it’s Stephen Colbert, right?
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Sometimes, extremely goofy needs company. “Weird Al” Yankovic is the only musical performer who can match Colbert’s goofiness. Who says everything needs balance?
The Alabama Shakes
Fronted by the extraordinarily talented Brittany Howard, the southern roots rock band provides a very accessible sound with a feel good attitude towards life, music, and the fun you can have with both. There’s no doubt that The Alabama Shakes would fit right in on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Our Canadian boy! Drake is a mainstay in the pop and hip-hop community, and one heck of an entertainer. He would do our country well by turning the Ed Sullivan Theater into a rambunctious, out of control dance party.
What do you think? Who would you like to see on the show? Be sure to tune in tonight for Cate Blanchett, Brian Chesky and the Dartmouth College Football Dummy, airing 11:35 et/pt on Global!