I Heard This: Paul Shaffer Does Audioslave's 'Cochise'

Better than it's ever been done.


What: Audioslave's "Cohise"
Performed By: The CBS Orchestra
When: Last week
Where: Ed Sullivan Theater, during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman
Notes: It wasn't Shaffer that I was particularly impressed with on this number, it was the trumpet/fugelhorn player Alan Chez, who played the lead part better than Chris Cornell ever has. How refreshing would it be if Cornell didn't show up to his Oct. 3 gig at the Paramount, and Shaffer was there with his crew instead? Y'all would be avoiding this.

The best part about attending a taping of the Late Show is actually getting to hear Shaffer's amazing band play more than 30-second clips. Aside from the music played during the show, the band comes out a few minutes early and runs through a few tracks for the studio audience. Every time I hear that band I'm convinced that they're the best damn band in the country. I love hearing them effortlessly swing through Mamas & the Papas and Korn with the same intensity and proficiency.

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