About The Performance

Just months after performing "And I Love Her" with a little help from Ringo Star on 'The Late Show' during 'Beatles Week', indie space rock duo Broken Bells were back at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater to perform a blistering 'Live on Letterman' set for a handful of lucky fans in New York City.

The duo, composed of Shins frontman James Mercer and producer extraordinaire Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) dropped their second full length LP "After The Disco" earlier this year and have spent the better part of the past few months touring behind it. The album comes four years after the release of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut and has been led by the hit singles 'Perfect World', 'Leave It Alone' and 'Control'; all of which the band would go onto perform at their first ever 'Live on Letterman' webcast. (The webcast is technically Mercer's second, having performed in 2012 with The Shins).

After delivering a passionate performance 'Control' on the Late Show with David Letterman, the band sat down for a pre-show interview in which they talked on a number of things including putting out an album after four long years, recording it with a 17-piece orchestra and much more.

After the interview the band hit the stage, opening with an incredible rendition of the first song off "After The Disco", entitled 'Perfect World'. The band rolled right on, bringing it back to their debut effort for the second song of the evening with a chilling performance of 'Ghost Inside' before blowing the crowd away with new songs 'After The Disco' and 'Medicine' - two songs that especially translated well in a live setting after being recorded alongside a four-piece choir and seventeen-piece orchestra on the recording for "After The Disco". 

Mercer and Burton, who were joined by a full band, would go on to perform a number of new songs as well as older Bells' favorites including 'October', 'Holding', 'Vaporize', 'Control', 'Leave It Alone' and 'Meyrin'. By the time the band hit into the second to last song of the evening, 'Trap Doors', the New York City faithful was singing along to almost every word, filling the Ed Sullivan Theater Mercer's trademark melodies as they belted "And close your eyes to us, fight fire, trap doors to endless wisdom"

Mercer then cued the band into the last song of the night entitled 'High Road'. The song, originally off the bands 2010 debut brought fans back to the Bells' humble beginnings for an inspiring finish that arguably serves as the most intimate performance of the song ever; a more than fitting way to close out the second of many great 'Live on Letterman' webcasts to come in 2014.

By Gian Vassaliko

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Broken Bells is comprised of Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse and James Mercer (The Shins). This February saw the release of After the Disco, the follow-up to their gold-selling, GRAMMY® Award-nominated self-titled 2010 debut. After the Disco immediately jumped into the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 and received glowing praise from critics worldwide. The band’s stunning audiovisual live experience has been playing to sold out crowds at the world's biggest musical events, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Glastonbury. LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN fans will recall Broken Bells’ unforgettable 50th anniversary tribute to The Beatles’ debut at The Ed Sullivan Theater, when Burton and Mercer displayed their penchant for innovation by combining The Fab Four's "And I Love Her" with "I Am The Walrus" for a one-of-a-kind take on the legacy of the Liverpool legends.