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Stephen Colbert said goodbye to the “Colbert Report” on Thursday night, but fear not — he’s been immortalized.
Colbert, who’s headed to CBS to take over David Letterman’s “Late Show,” announced that he defeated death, before being joined by his famous friends for his final number.
“I was going to say goodbye, but now that I’ll live forever, who knows,” he said, before breaking out into song.
Jon Stewart first took the stage for “We’ll Meet Again” with Randy Newman at the piano. Tom Brokaw, James Franco, Andy Cohen, Barry Manilow, Jeff Daniels, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Bob Costas, Arianna Huffington, George Lucas, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kareem Abdul Jabbar and even Big Bird and Cookie Monster sang along, among others, bidding adieu to Colbert. (A full list is posted below the video.)
Colbert will take a seat on the “Late Show,” sometime in 2015 after Letterman’s final May 20 episode. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
When it was announced that Grimmy the Grim Reaper would be Stephen Colbert's final guest on The Colbert Report, fans speculated whether the future Late Show host was killing off his satirical character. Instead, Colbert's Colbert became immortal, and he closed out his nine-year Comedy Central run with a performance for the ages.
The host ended his Report with an all-star performance of Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again," featuring "We Are the World"-style appearances by an incredible cast of singers, actors, politicians and pundits. First out to »
“Folks, if this is your first time tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news for you.” With a mighty leap over the word “grippest,” Stephen Colbert began his final episode of The Colbert Report.
For the first half, it was actually a very normal episode, with talk of Syria, a shout-out to the Prescott Group, and a special “The Word” devoted to Colbert’s impact on television. Oh, and he also killed Death. Shooting Grimmy the Grim Reaper, he was rendered immortal. Your standard stuff. I’m pretty sure that’s how Jack Parr went off the air.
But it wasn’t all the fantastically self-important bombast we’ve loved since 2005. For starters, the auction Colbert held for his desk and fireplace earned over $313,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund. And, he thanked his audience, his “Nation,” for everything he’s done over the past nine years. »
Weezer's new album Everything Will Be Alright in the End, out yesterday, is a course correction for the band after a series of recent missteps. How do we know this? Because since 2001's Weezer (The Green Album), basically every Weezer album has been pitched as a course correction for the band after a series of recent missteps. (There's one exception, and the identity of that album may surprise you!) Take a look: All quotes, except where noted, by Rivers Cuomo.The album: Weezer (The Green Album) (2001) The previous missteps: Disappearing into self-indulgence on 1996's Pinkerton, then disappearing entirely for five years. The correction: Returning to the sound of The Blue Album, with the help of producer Ric Ocasek. "[Pinkerton] is just a sick album, sick in a diseased sort of way ... This [new] record is purely musical." —Rolling Stone "[Pinkerton] is a hideous record. It was such a hugely painful mistake »
- Nate Jones
Weezer seem pretty stoked for fans to hear their upcoming "Everything Will Be Alright in the End" -- their first album in four years, and the first produced by Ric Ocasek since 2000's Green Album. The new album's first single traded the group's recent forays into bland Top 40 territory for more streamlined '90s-style rock and took fans "Back to the Shack". Now they're back again with a metallic ode to a cold, controlling woman known as "Cleopatra." Is it the real Cleopatra? Or just some kind of metaphor? Either way, it's a fierce blast of melodic hard rock anchored by some formidable fretwork. "Cleopatra" begins with acoustic strumming, a harmonica and a subdued vocal performance from frontman Rivers Cuomo before exploding pop-metal territory, complete with a searing solo featuring doubled electric guitars (courtesy of either Cuomo or Brian Bell, or both) à la Boston or Thin Lizzy (or "Buddy Holly"). Take a listen here. »
- Dave Lewis
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has never been able to shake off the ghost of nostalgia, and it's never been more apparent than on the band's new "Back to the Shack" -- their first new song in four years. With production from Ric Ocasek (who controlled the boards on Weezer's 1994 debut and 2000 comeback album, both self-titled), the upcoming "Everything Will Be Alright In The End" is being pitched as an attempt to recapture the band's early sound which seemed to start slipping away from them sometime around the turn of the millennium. With the refrain "Rockin' out like it's '94," the confessional, self-conciously retro-sounding "Back to the Shack" is about exactly what it sounds like it would be about: Looking backwards and getting (somewhat) back to basics. There's a through-line here from the Blue Album's "In the Garage" -- which reminisced about Cuomo's childhood as an outcast who found comfort in »
- Dave Lewis
Did you ever watch an episode of, say, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and there's a young kid in the family and the designer asks "What do you like?" and kid's like "I like baseball and blah blah blah," and then all of a sudden when the reveal happens, the kid's room is Entirely covered in baseball wallpaper and decals and baseballs and paraphernalia and you think, man, they are just gonna outgrow that if you shove it down their throats. We were like that kid -- "I liked the Blue album and 'Pinkerton!'" -- when it comes to Weezer and it was iterated enough that Weezer heard. The Blue album came out in 1994, "Pinkerton" in 1996. The band -- after a number of hit singles, a number of maligned albums, some bonkers pop experiments and funny, fun live shows -- heard the cry "I like those albums" and reissued "Pinkerton »
Weezer is teasing us again. The pop-rockers have released a pair of new song snippets from their prospective ninth studio album, an eventuality they previously hinted at back in March with a fuzzy 20-second YouTube video that showed them hard at work in the studio for the first time since they hit the boards for their "Lost"-referencing 2010 album "Hurley." This time around there are at least titles to go along with the audio, in two separate B&W clips entitled "Ain't Got Nobody" (a poppy, hand-clappy number that is classic earwormy Weezer goodness) and "The Waste Land" (a fuzzed-out rocker). So when is the supposed LP - reportedly being produced by Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who also teamed with the band on their self-titled "Blue" and "Green" albums - coming out, exactly? Yeah, they aren't telling yet. But hey, nothing like endlessly obsessing over murky YouTube videos! Check out the clips below, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Weezer has teased that a new album may soon be on the way. On March 19, the band posted a 20-second clip to its official YouTube page that shows the guys back in the studio. Watch it below. The grainy footage is accompanied by two new songs — though they’re so distorted, it’s tough to tell what we’re hearing — but the band’s =w= logo and close-up of frontman Rivers Cuomo confirms that it’s indeed them. The video dramatically closes with a black screen and the message: "in the studio now." The band has not released an album since 2010's "Hurley." Aside from its annual Weezer Cruise, the band has been relatively quiet. According to Alternative Press, Cuomo recently revealed at a fan event in Los Angeles that the band had started working on its ninth album with producer Ric Ocasek, who led the charge on 1994's “Blue Album” and 2001's “Green Album. »
- Whitney Phaneuf
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