It’s an historic reunion of musical titans! Last Friday, Paul Shaffer and his World’s Most Dangerous Band, who backed up late-night legend David Letterman for decades, returned to NBC for an unforgettable one-night-only performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
For years, Paul Shaffer and his band have been an iconic part of late-night television, and it was a special moment for the band to return to 30 Rock. Shaffer and Fallon discussed the 41-year anniversary of Letterman’s first show on NBC, and the band took center stage to perform a genre-shifting rendition of Harry Styles’ “As It Was”. The band effortlessly shifted from rock to soul to country, demonstrating their remarkable musical skills.
The Roots were unable to perform on the show due to their commitments at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, and Jimmy Fallon was honored to have Paul Shaffer and his band fill in. Fallon said, “Paul Shaffer is one of the most important musical figures in late night history. From SNL to Letterman, he’s done it all. I’m beyond honored and excited that they’re getting the band back together.”
The idea to bring Shaffer and his band back to NBC for the night was a surprise to the band. Shaffer said, “What a lovely gesture on Jimmy’s part. Questlove has always been so nice about mentioning my work with Letterman to me. He and the guys have gone ahead and blasted it into the 21st century.”
It was an incredible moment to see Paul Shaffer and his World’s Most Dangerous Band reunite for a special performance. It was a night to remember, and a reminder of the power of music to bring people together.