Late night talk show hosts paid tribute to the legendary David Bowie. As the world was shocked to learn of his death, and as tributes and remembrances have been numerous in the entertainment world, Jimmy Fallon of ‘The Tonight Show,’ Stephen Colbert of ‘The Late Show’ and Conan O’Brien of ‘Conan’ all paid tribute; watch them all below.
The death of David Bowie on January 10th, just days after his 69th birthday which was also the release of his final album, blackstar — has been a collective shock. The legendary artist kept his cancer a secret and he lived his last 18 months on his own terms. We are left with an incredible legacy that dates back all the way to the 1960s and one last album that was already being heralded as a masterpiece by critics. now all the more so.
The loss is staggering, and as the world comes to grips — truly, we won’t really, let’s face it — with the loss of the artistic genius that was David Bowie, many have paid tribute all over the world. And yes, among them, some of the late-night talk show hosts, stepping out of comedic mode to pay homage to a man whose influence on pop culture, music, visual art, fashion and much more is difficult to encapsulate.
Jimmy Fallon, host of ‘The Tonight Show,’ after his monologue, sat at the desk and began his remembrance, saying, “Before I begin I’d like to say rest in peace, David Bowie.” Fallon, visibly choked up, went on to say he was “great artist, one of a kind singer, songwriter, actor, fashion icon, mad genius who also had one of the greatest senses of humor of anyone I’ve ever met.”
Continuing, Fallon said, “We would actually email each other jokes every now and then. He was brilliant and sharp and dark and funny. We were just talking about him last week. We wished him happy birthday, showed a clip of his video [Lazarus] and now he’s not with us anymore.”
Fallon went on to say “I was trying to think of something funny to say, but it just wouldn’t come out right, so I’m just going to email you, David Bowie, and if you check your e-mail in space or heaven or wherever you are, you don’t have to e-mail me back.”
Conan O’Brien of ‘Conan’ paid tribute with archival footage of David Bowie, introducing by saying of his passing that it was “incredibly sad news. He was on our show several times over the years, and the man was always outstanding.”
O’Brien went on to say, “People are remembering today what a phenomenal musician David Bowie was, and of course that was the case. He was just mind-blowingly talented.” He added, “But in my experience he was also an incredibly nice person. He was fun. He was always funny.”
For his part, Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show paid a musical tribute. The supergroup EL VY — composed of Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena — happened to be the musical guest that night. Along with house band Jon Batiste & Stay Human they delivered a spirited performance of David Bowie’s iconic 1980s hit ‘Let’s Dance.’ With the studio walls decorated with numerous iconic photos of Bowie, it made for powerful and jubilant tribute to the legend that was David Bowie.
See all of the video clips below.
‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ tribute
Conan O’Brien on ‘Conan’ – tribute
Late Show with Stephen Colbert – EL VY covers ‘Let’s Dance’
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