In a week of big television good-byes — “Mad Men” aired its series finale Sunday — and season finales, David Letterman will end his 22-year run on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” Wednesday. Letterman’s plans for the big send-off have been kept under wraps, but the half-week curtain call is already off to an epic start.
The last episode of “The Late Show with David Letterman” will air Wednesday at 11:35 p.m. EDT on CBS. No guests or musical performers have been announced, and CBS’ description of the show teases only memorable highlights from the past two decades and the final “Top 10” list. However, Letterman has already been busy going out in style.
Monday’s episode kicked things off with a bang, as Dave welcomed Oscar winner Tom Hanks as his only interview guest. The two took a selfie together and chatted about Hanks upcoming movie, “Inferno,” directed by Ron Howard and co-starring Felicity Jones.
However, the real treat came at the end of the episode, when Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performed his band’s 1994 hit “Better Man” with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra. Vedder gave an energetic and emotional performance, and Letterman seemed visibly moved, hugging the rock star after the song.
Things kept on rolling Tuesday, when Bill Murray returned to “The Late Show” as Letterman’s final confirmed guest. The appearance brought Letterman’s CBS tenure full circle — Murray was the host’s first guest on the show in 1983. On the music side, living legend Bob Dylan appeared on stage, ending a nearly 20-year absence from “The Late Show.”
Rock group Foo Fighters were noticeably absent from David Letterman’s final run of shows as host of Late Show, but now we know why: they were saved for last. Dave Grohl and co. will serve as a surprise musical guest on the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman, which is set to air tonight, Wednesday May 20th, 2015.
One of his all-time favorite bands, Letterman has welcomed the Foo’s for countless performances over the years.
The band made its TV debut on Letterman in August 1995 with a performance of “This Is A Call”. In 2000, the returned to the Ed Sullivan Theatre to serve as the musical guest for Letterman’s first show back after undergoing an emergency quintuple bypass surgery. That appearance saw the band rock out to “Everlong” and has gone down as one of the band’s most legendary performances to date.
The “Fighter”s performed a week-long residency on Letterman back in 2014, which culminated in a poignant rendition of “Miracle”.
Letterman introduced the song relaying a story about taking his four-year-old son skiing, which the ski instructor caught on video and soundtracked with “Miracle”. “It’s the second song of theirs that will always have great great meaning to me for the rest of my life,” he explained.
After 33 years and 6,028 broadcasts of his late-nightshow, David Letterman is finally signing off…