It’s been a long time coming, but Stephen Colbert has finally joined the ranks of late-night legends. Last night, the former Colbert Report host made his return to the world of television in expectedly epic fashion, tapping GOP hopeful Jeb Bush for his first on-air interview and roasting another loud-mouthed, faux-haired candidate. However, the premiere’s most illuminated moment came at the show’s tail-end, where band leader Jon Batiste commanded some of the industry’s greatest and one particularly iconic voice in a brilliant, A-list-loaded performance of the Sly & The Family Stone classic “Everyday People,” joined by Brittany Howard (AKA Thunderbitch) blues legend Buddy Guy, the incomparable Mavis Staples and Aloe Blacc, amongst what must have been a dozen others in the premiere of a show that won’t soon be forgotten. And so, Stephen Colbert’s debut amongst the greats of late-night network programming went off without a hitch. And we can’t wait to see what’s next. Scroll though to about 40:15 and watch Jon Batiste lead a spirited and star-powered rendition of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Everyday People” below. Tune in tonight to see Kendrick Lamar pick up right where he left Colbert last December.
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