David Letterman Bangs Out 'Drum Solo Week'

Band geeks unite: Late Show with David Letterman is kicking off its first ever “Drum Solo Week.”

The late-night staple is dedicating a week’s worth of episodes to performances by some of the music industry’s top percussionists, starting with a standout solo on Monday, June 6 from the Late Show‘s very own Anton Fig, the drummer in Paul Shaffer’s band.

The following night, Letterman welcomes Sheila E. and her world renowned skill with the sticks.

On Wednesday, June 8, drum legend Roy Haynes takes the stage, boasting a career filled with Miles Davis and Sarah Vaughn collaborations (to name a few). And rounding out the week is a performance by Rush’s Neil Peart, a drummer who is often regarded as one of rock music’s greatest.

In addition to a week filled with extra musical guests, Letterman will gab with Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights, J.J. Abrams’ Super 8), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, Tony Awards host), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), and more TV types.

The Late Show‘s “Drum Solo Week” debuts Monday, June 6 at 11:35/10:35c on CBS.

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108 Comments
  1. Melisa says:

    Love Peart but dang! No Keith Moon or John Bonham?!?!? What’s that all about?!?!? :P

  2. KENNETH KASPER says:

    CARL PALMER IS THE GREATEST DRUMMER OF ALL TIME. JUST WATCH HIS SNACK ATTACKS CROSSOVERS AND ROUNDHOUSES. CHECK OUT ELP AT CAL JAM HIS DRUM SOLO IS THE BEST OF ALL TIME. NEIL PEART IS TRULY GREAT BUT PALMER IS THE BEST. CARL HAS MASTERED MANY STYLES ROCK JAZZ CLASSICAL PROGRESSIVE YOU NAME IT. PLUS HE PLAYED WITH THE GREATEST KEYBOARDIST OF ALL TIME KEITH EMERSON.

    • tommy m. says:

      Yes Carl Palmer is in fact one of the greatest drummers I’ve ever seen but everyone has their own opinions & favorites… but you are on the money with Carl Palmer is an unbelievable drummer no doubt about it…

  3. Sticks says:

    I saw all the solos each night and watched them again on DVR… Neil was best by far.

  4. William Duffy says:

    Ok, you have to give Neil Peart his due. Yes I’m coming from the Colaiuta, Weckl, Chambers, Gadd, Erskine camp, but Neil is still very entertaining to watch and listen too. I thought Anton did a good job, Sheila E. is a good drummer but certainly not the best female drummer out there, Roy Haynes is a very musical drummer and without doubt great. Neil was the most entertaining, and I have to give him the highest marks. Hopefully next drum week will be Weckl, Jo Jo Mayer, Steve Gadd, Thomas Lang, and Gavin Harrison.

  5. tommy m. says:

    Look people we could go on & on & on about who is a fantastic drummer & who is great etc… etc… but the fact is each & everyone of these drummers or percussionists is talented & remarkable in their own right or otherwise they wouldn’t be stars….

  6. Fandaz says:

    All this about who’s best…….All those that think Neil is the best fine, get on with it. You must all be fans and some of you drummers but none of you have a clue about drumming styles and talent if you think Neil is in the same league as Vinnie, Weckl, Porcaro, Gadd, Chambers, just to name but a few. I’d like to see Neil play at his so called GOD like Rock level ability in a few other styles of music….Vinnie for instance can play almost any style of drumming for anyone, and still the man is untouchable, so tasteful and on another level or world compared to Mr Neil Peart. Sorry guys but it’s the truth.

  7. Eddyo says:

    Okay, the truth.
    Neil Peart?
    Indeed, nice drummer in Rush, but as a solodrummer…
    He sucks big time!
    And to book Chad Smith, he’s also awesome in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, but as a solodrummer with a bigband, not that incredible.
    Sheila E, did a good thing too.
    And I’ve seen Tony Royster Jr. on Letterman, fantastic solo!
    Yeah, that’s the real thing.
    Now I also, (as a lot of people, I guess), am a big fan of The Police.
    I mean, a lot of respect for Steward Copeland, but outside of The Police, not that good too.
    With Carter Beauford, it’s the same thing.
    The Dave Matthews Band is my favourite band ever!
    I’m from The Netherlands, but in the past 14 years, I saw them about 8 times.
    To see Carter behind his drumkit, with Dave in front of him, and Boyd Tinsley, on his right side, and also the rest of that band, those 16th notes are awesome, just perfect!
    But with a bigband, as a solodrummer, and not in Crush, or in Two Step…
    Hmm I don’t think so.
    And as far as Dennis Chambers goes, I mean the man is God on drums for me.
    But on Letterman, I ecspected a little bit more than a low technical medium double bassdrum thing.
    Was he tired?
    He really should play Tony Royster away.
    Normally, that guy is the monster!
    How about these 5 awesom brothers?:
    1, Vinnie Colaiuta, 2 Virgil Donati, 3 Eric Moore, 4 Tobias Ralph, and 5. Jimmy Chamberlin?
    Also my favourites.
    If You want a kick ass Drum Week, book these guys too.
    But, I’m wondering, if Vinnie Colaiuta, would show up…
    He’s also one of the greatest drummers, but I guess he’s not such a big fan with those shows, and personaly, he is a nice Italian but difficult guy.
    Issues with Frank Zappa, and With sting…
    It’s a damn shame, these musicians are not booked yet.
    But I always say: you never know.

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