Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock
The Rush illustrates the daily history of rock with world-renowned bandleader Paul Shaffer who has been David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for the past 30 years. A Grammy Award-winning master of musical and verbal improv, Shaffer has been musical director at the White House, authored the best-selling memoir We’ll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives, and traded on-air quips with celebrities from Julia Roberts, Tina Fey, and Nathan Lane to Bill Murray, Donald Trump, and Jack Black. In addition to his albums “Coast to Coast” (1989) and “The World’s Most Dangerous Party” (1993), Shaffer composed the “Late Show” theme song, co-wrote the #1’80s dance hit “It’s Raining Men,” co-produced an album for Tsziji Munoz, and composed original songs for the movie “Strangers with Candy.” Paul served as musical director for the Blues Brothers, appeared with them at the 1996 Super Bowl halftime show, and had a role in the film “Blues Brothers 2000”. His other film credits include roles in “This Is Spinal Tap,” “Gilda Live,” “Scrooged,” “Look Who’s Talking Too,” and Disney’s animated film “Hercules”. In addition to his time on “The Late Show” and “Saturday Night Live”, some of his televised appearances have included leading the band for the “We Are the World” finale of “Live Aid,” hosting CBS’s 1994 New Year’s Eve special from New York’s Times Square, acting as musical director of the closing concert at the 1996 Olympic Games, providing musical direction for Paul McCartney’s “Concert for New York” and appearing with Faith Hill on the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon. Listen for Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock on The Rush every day at 8:50am and 2:20pm.