Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder named as final music guest on David Letterman’s chat show

Vedder is likely to perform 'Black' for veteran host

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder has been named as the final scheduled music guest on American chat show Late Show With David Letterman.

Next week marks the final run of Letterman’s show before he retires, having presented his first network chatshow Late Night With David Letterman in 1982. Vedder will appear on Monday (May 18) alongside Tom Hanks, who will be making his 60th appearance with Letterman.

Guests for Letterman’s recent farewell shows on the CBS network, such as Ryan Adams and Dave Matthews Band, have been performing songs which initially became successes on The Late Show.

Vedder first appeared on the show in 1996 to perform ‘Black’ with The CBS Orchestra, after Letterman had jokingly sung the Pearl Jam track himself to mock its lyrics. It seems likely Vedder will reprise ‘Black’, having been confirmed to perform again with The CBS Orchestra. He has subsequently appeared both solo and with Pearl Jam, as well as guesting with The Who.

Tuesday’s guest is Bill Murray, who was the very first guest on Late Night With Letterman on February 1, 1982. He will be making his 44th appearance on the show.

Letterman’s final show is on Wednesday. No guests have been revealed for the finale, though a CBS statement said: “It will be an hour filled with surprises.” Yesterday saw Tom Waits play new song ‘Take One Last Look’ on the show.