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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Paul Shaffer may be ready to go from leading the World's Most Dangerous Band to sitting in the World's Most Comfiest Rocking Chair   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 46
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2012-10-15 08:28:32 AM  
Oblig..

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2012-10-15 08:30:09 AM  
Let's buy Paul a Trans-Am.
 
2012-10-15 08:32:14 AM  
As a musician growing up I always said the gig I would kill for would be to be in that band.

Every night you work with great musicians, an excellent bandleader, and there's a new act you get to either see or play with every night.

It's a working musicians dream.
 
2012-10-15 08:35:10 AM  
Does anyone watch those angry men attempt comedy anymore?
 
2012-10-15 08:36:07 AM  
Confess! Confess!!
 
2012-10-15 08:42:56 AM  
Paul "the Shiv" Shaffer leaving late night?
berta3.express.ge
(that's Paul, back row, second from the right)

He goes all the way back to the original SNL (and did a wicked Don Kirshner parody)2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-15 08:43:40 AM  
If you haven't read Shaffer's autobiography, now's a good time.
 
2012-10-15 09:08:39 AM  

Skarekrough: As a musician growing up I always said the gig I would kill for would be to be in that band.

Every night you work with great musicians, an excellent bandleader, and there's a new act you get to either see or play with every night.

It's a working musicians dream.


I had the pleasure of playing with them and Paul, I'm a string player and I did a show with them. Paul was very professional in every way. He wasn't as "show business-y", he rehearsed well and we were well prepared for the show.

For the actual Letterman show, they only work 4 days a week. Friday's show is taped on Monday along with the Monday show. If some sort of current event happens during the week, you won't hear about it on Friday.
 
2012-10-15 09:12:35 AM  

Skarekrough: As a musician growing up I always said the gig I would kill for would be to be in that band.

Every night you work with great musicians, an excellent bandleader, and there's a new act you get to either see or play with every night.

It's a working musicians dream.


Yep.
 
2012-10-15 09:24:36 AM  

Skarekrough: As a musician growing up I always said the gig I would kill for would be to be in that band.

Every night you work with great musicians, an excellent bandleader, and there's a new act you get to either see or play with every night.

It's a working musicians dream.


Speaking of a working musician's dream, have you heard Jerry Douglass' new album?
 
2012-10-15 09:32:05 AM  
He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things music.
 
2012-10-15 09:44:50 AM  
Pound-for-pound, ounce-for-ounce, one of the best musicians and music directors on the planet.

/musician

//amateur
 
2012-10-15 09:44:52 AM  
A long career, certainly more than just a "Year at the Top".
Obscure? Nah.
 
2012-10-15 09:45:34 AM  
It's the gig of a lifetime, but after 30 years I can see it might be a touch old.
 
2012-10-15 09:58:03 AM  

Barricaded Gunman: If you haven't read Shaffer's autobiography, now's a good time.


That was a very good book. Guy knows everybody in the music business, and has worked with most of them.
 
2012-10-15 10:09:03 AM  
There's few musicians I respect more than Paul Shaffer. (well, actually none I can think of...) For starters, him and the band are ridiculously versatile. They can play just about anything. And Shaffer is just a plain wicked keyboard player. He also seems like a pretty cool guy.

If he decides to hang it up, his would be some big shoes to fill.
 
2012-10-15 10:10:54 AM  
If Shaffer leaves I can easily see Letterman retiring with him.
 
2012-10-15 10:21:57 AM  

wxboy: If Shaffer leaves I can easily see Letterman retiring with him.


Yeah, I mean, Letterman is 3 years older than Schaffer (65)... so, in 2 years, he could feel like he is ready to go as well. Carson retired at 67 (although, to a certain extent, could have been considered "pushed out the door"), but, Letterman has always looked at Carson as how he wants to run his career, so, I could see Dave wanting to leave around the same age. His son will be 12, so, he might want to have some more quality time with him before he gets much older.

The only thing against that is... I don't see CBS pushing Dave out the door..... you notice after Carson, and the whole Rivers and then Leno issues, no late night hosts have "regular" fill-in hosts anymore. So, there isn't an "heir apparent" or multiple ones like back then. Ferguson has always stated that he doesn't really have much interest in the 11:35 slot, although that might just be not wanting to ruffle feathers right now... although, I don't know how him show would play at 11:35 (although, I guess they said that about Dave, and Conan, etc).
 
2012-10-15 10:23:50 AM  
I remember hearing a story about the darker the sunglasses he wore the more stoned he was. This was 20 years ago iirc. But yeah he was very versatile and seemed to be a pro at all times.
 
2012-10-15 10:26:54 AM  
I expected much more snark here... Happy I'm not seeing it. Paul is fantastic. Disagree? Then "kick my ass".

/ not obscure I would hope
 
2012-10-15 10:27:59 AM  
I was lucky enough to see The World's Most Dangerous Band play at Summerfest on their last World Tour in 1989 - they played Milwaukee and Indianapolis. The Tower of Power horn section showed and played with them.

Truly one of the great show bands ever. Their skill and breadth of songs and genres is truly astounding.
 
2012-10-15 10:36:14 AM  

Waxing_Chewbacca: / not obscure I would hope


Artie Fufkin? Obscure? Please.

: ]
 
2012-10-15 10:46:07 AM  

wxboy: If Shaffer leaves I can easily see Letterman retiring with him.


I had the exact same thought while reading the article.
 
2012-10-15 10:52:41 AM  

Broktun: Skarekrough: As a musician growing up I always said the gig I would kill for would be to be in that band.

Every night you work with great musicians, an excellent bandleader, and there's a new act you get to either see or play with every night.

It's a working musicians dream.

Yep.


Yep, but with comment: The commercial break music must have been great, but I can't get over how awkward Shaffer's small talk exchanges with Letterman always are, and how his transition music (Dave-calling-his mother-phone-dialing music) has never worked out - it's as if it was purposely set up to fail. It just never got better after 20-something years and 2 networks. Compare and contrast with "Max on Max". Probably better than Doc, though I don't really remember Doc anymore.
 
2012-10-15 11:07:36 AM  
He's why I never watch Letterman.
 
2012-10-15 11:08:35 AM  
I love Paul, but when I read he co-produced and co-wrote "It's Raining Men"?

Stock dipped slightly
 
2012-10-15 11:12:14 AM  

gbcinques: A long career, certainly more than just a "Year at the Top".
Obscure? Nah.


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2012-10-15 11:13:00 AM  

strangeguitar: I love Paul, but when I read he co-produced and co-wrote "It's Raining Men"?

Stock dipped slightly


Hey, you gotta release a commercial moneymaker at some point to fund all the good stuff you want to do.
 
2012-10-15 11:23:57 AM  
Any doubters should check out the Jay Thomas "Lone Ranger" story on Letterman and the musical flourish that tags it

/too lazy to find YouTube link
 
2012-10-15 12:17:13 PM  
Musical skills aside, I can't stand that smarmy bastard.
 
2012-10-15 12:18:27 PM  
Letterman was prohibited from having a band bigger in scope & members than Carson, so Paul was a great fit, filling out the quartet with his Oberheim.

They also DRESSED COOL
 
2012-10-15 12:42:11 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
"Do me a favor. Just kick my ass, okay? Kick this ass for a man, that's all. Kick my ass. Enjoy. Come on. I'm not asking, I'm telling with this. Kick my ass."
 
2012-10-15 12:53:05 PM  
Good, can't happen soon enough. I love Dave, love the show, have been a nightly watcher for most of my life, but I've never been able to stand Paul Shaffer. I get why he's valuable, I just don't like the guy. He can pack up and take his stupid sunglasses with him. That being said, Idunno who could replace him and keep the rapport with Dave.

It'll be a dark day when Dave retires. I hope Fergie-Ferg stays in the same timeslot and doesn't move earlier into Dave's. Am i the only one who doesn't like Ferguson's new digs? Too much lighting, I prefered it darker and smaller.
 
2012-10-15 01:17:35 PM  
I've been a fairly unsuccessful musician for about 45 years. I've met great players and bad ones, great leaders and bad ones. Some who had zero training and knowledge of musical history who were the finest players, and those with great training and knowledge who couldn't play with any soul at all. Some were cool, others were decidedly unhip. Shaffer reminded me of the unhippest wannabe who dresses so cool he was Urkel, and... like a magician, spent all his time rehearsing in front of a mirror... great chops but no audience rapport. Talent without the success of a hit record.

I met him at the closing of Winterland. He was modest and professional. He was a nerd, but amped it up for the performance. He could play anything with only one run through, but had patience with the musicians who needed more rehearsals.

He was never a comedian, but quickly learned by pretending to be a really bad comedian, it was reasonably funny. More like a mild version of Jeffrey Tambor's Hank Kingsley evil Ed McMahon imitation on the Larry Sanders Show. What I found irritating was his inability to act the smarmy role without winking at the audience as if they weren't hip enough to figure out the bit.

What I found delightful was the entrance music they (he, I assume) would select for each of Letterman's guests.
 
2012-10-15 01:20:27 PM  
Always enjoy when Letterman comes back from a break and Paul is jamming out a Tool song from Lateralus.
 
2012-10-15 01:49:52 PM  
Had "It's Raining Men" running through my mind the whole time I was reading the thread.
 
2012-10-15 02:19:48 PM  

inelegy: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 645x348]
"Do me a favor. Just kick my ass, okay? Kick this ass for a man, that's all. Kick my ass. Enjoy. Come on. I'm not asking, I'm telling with this. Kick my ass."


farking sweet screenie from Spinal Tap I noticed the Japan album in the background...farking good album, if you want to hear the band that gave Duran Duran their sound...
 
2012-10-15 02:20:56 PM  
Favorite Paul Shaffer music choice ever was at the NBC show, during the writers' strike. Dave was filling the first act with time-killers. This week, he was having a suit custom-made. Paul played some quiet music on the Hammond organ while Dave was being measured and fitted and chatting with the tailor.

Right in the middle, Dave told the tailor to hang on for a minute.

"Excuse me. Paul?" he called out. "Why are you playing 'House Of The Rising Sun'?"

Paul stopped, pulled his mic close, and quoted the lyrics. "'My father was a tailor/He sewed my new bluejeans'."

MUSICAL GENIUS.
 
2012-10-15 02:21:50 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: but I can't get over how awkward Shaffer's small talk exchanges with Letterman always are, and how his transition music (Dave-calling-his mother-phone-dialing music) has never worked out - it's as if it was purposely set up to fail. It just never got better after 20-something years and 2 networks.


Did it ever cross your mind that there's a reason for that? Letterman's comedy has always relied on a lot of (intentional) awkwardness, like Andy Kauffman's, and I suspect that Letterman and Shaffer work hard to keep up that weird vibe they have between them.

dletter: The only thing against that is... I don't see CBS pushing Dave out the door..... you notice after Carson, and the whole Rivers and then Leno issues, no late night hosts have "regular" fill-in hosts anymore. So, there isn't an "heir apparent" or multiple ones like back then. Ferguson has always stated that he doesn't really have much interest in the 11:35 slot, although that might just be not wanting to ruffle feathers right now... although, I don't know how him show would play at 11:35 (although, I guess they said that about Dave, and Conan, etc).


I know that Letterman has it in his contract with CBS that he gets to chose who's on after him (which is how Tom Snyder came back on the air when Letterman came over to CBS, and why Ferguson's show is produced by Letterman's production company), and I know that Letterman was seriously pissed about how Carson was treated, so I'd bet money that he has it in his contract that he gets to chose his replacement as well.

I could see him going with someone other than Ferguson, as Craig would have to dumb his show down if he moved to 11:35, and he wouldn't be able to devote entire hours to interviewing people "Americans don't know" like Stephen Fry.
 
2012-10-15 04:10:53 PM  
Yeah leave Craig where he is.
 
2012-10-15 04:14:56 PM  

strangeguitar: I love Paul, but when I read he co-produced and co-wrote "It's Raining Men"?

Stock dipped slightly


Are you kidding?? Writing a song that gets played as much as that is like winning the lottery twice.
 
2012-10-15 04:33:21 PM  
This is horrible news. Pete Scheffler is an amazing musician and will be sorely missed.
 
2012-10-15 05:52:17 PM  
I just found out the other day that Paul was almost George Costanza.
 
2012-10-15 06:32:21 PM  

fusillade762: I just found out the other day that Paul was almost George Costanza.


In his book he says all he had to do was say yes and the role was his. Obviously, he turned them down.
 
2012-10-15 06:47:15 PM  

ChrisDe: fusillade762: I just found out the other day that Paul was almost George Costanza.

In his book he says all he had to do was say yes and the role was his. Obviously, he turned them down.


The article I read said he simply never returned their calls because he was too busy with other stuff.
 
2012-10-15 08:38:45 PM  
Paul came on as an unexpected guest at a Les Paul concert I went to in Cleveland a few years back. A nice surprise.
 
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