From art, to becoming one of the most successful and influential artists of all time, there is not much that Mr. Bob Dylan has not done. Following this suit, and an introduction by David Letterman naming him the best songwriter of the modern day, Dylan performed on the final Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday night.
Of course, this was not Dylan’s first appearance on the Late Show. In 1993 when he was asked to play a conflict arose about the song choice for his performance between Letterman and his music director. Dylan, un-phased, was happy to play some music with his band. The same approach has clearly carried with him through his career.
When big time artists perform another artist’s song, it shows a level of class and humbling respect. It’s possibly one of the greatest complements for an artist, in turn; the performer strives to deliver a performance worthy of the song. Dylan performed “The Night We Called It A Day” by Frank Sinatra, a fitting selection given its context. A veteran to the stage, and even at 79 Dylan had some moves for the crowd. With a shaky start, he turned things around quickly and it was easy to see – he was just happy to play some music with his band.
For three decades, David Letterman has remained true to the classic style of the late night talk show, without all of the bells and whistles that make up the television industry today. This technique has clearly served him well, making him the longest running television host in history. Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report has been tasked with filling some big shoes, being selected as Letterman’s replacement on the show.