David Letterman may have announced his retirement from the Late Show yesterday, but it was Lou Reed that last night’s musical guests paid tribute to. Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, and Mike Mills — whose tweet heard ’round the world was the first to break the Letterman news — came together to perform a poignant cover of Reed’s classic “Walk on the Wild Side”. Watch the replay below.
Arthur will release his Lou Reed tribute album, simply titled Lou, on May 13th through Vanguard Records.
Meanwhile, as Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, Mills’ appearance on the show is rather fitting, considering R.E.M. made their television debut on Letterman’s old program, Late Night with David Letterman, back in October 1983. Revisit that performance below.