This week is turning out to be a bonanza for fans of The Late Show With David Letterman. First came the New York magazine cover story interview with Letterman; followed by the release of an animated New York City music video featuring the likenesses of band leader Paul Shaffer and perennial show guest Bill Murray.
The catchy song “Happy Street,” featuring music-video animation by Jay Marks, is from Shaffer’s forthcoming Sire Records release The World’s Most Dangerous Party. It’s Shaffer and The World’s Most Dangerous Band’s first studio album in two and a half decades. Working on late night talk shows will do that.
Last night, Shaffer, Murray and fellow perennial Letterman guest Bruce Willis were also part of a benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre for God’s Love We Deliver. The former Late Show bandleader was in the house band, while Murray, per a report by Billboard, came straight from Madison Square Garden:
Murray showed up halfway through the evening to take over MC duties. “An hour-and-a-half ago, I was watching a basketball game,” he told the crowd. … When one audience member shouted out something unintelligible, Murray replied, “You can heckle, you paid a lot of money for these seats. You can say whatever you like. My parents are dead.”
The album comes out March 17. A tour by Shaffer and co. in support of the release starts in April.
Previously on Fishbowl:
Paul Shaffer Reader for New Flavor of ‘Fun’