Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy took The Late Show back to Genesis with an entertaining performance of “Let’s Go Rain” styled after the story of Noah’s Ark, from his upcoming solo album Warm (Nov. 30). He also sat down with Colbert to discuss his new memoir, comical childhood and Wilco’s previous album.
A nervous-looking Tweedy, who said sitting down with Colbert was the coolest thing he’s ever done, first plugged his book, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), which details how his journey to musical success began as a child constantly pointing at the family stereo. When Colbert asked him why he chose to write a memoir in his early 50s, Tweedy responded, “I thought I would write it now before I forget everything.” He also shared the story about the time he pretended that Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run was actually his handiwork in the third-grade, and when his band wanted director George Lucas to sue them for naming their 2015 self-released album Star Wars.
He followed the discussion with a performance of the song he described as a “joyous plea for the sweet relief of death.” “Let’s Go Rain” had Tweedy satirically considering that, if God sent a flood to wash the world of its sin, there must be another one on the way based on the current state of society.
Tweedy’s narrative performance, filled with twangy country flare, opened on a set that resembled an ark backdropped by a blue sky and mountains. “Oh, I’ve heard about Noah’s flood/ Washed away a world of sin/ Some say destruction is an act of love/ And think it should happen again,” Tweedy sang, following it up with the, “Let’s go rain” refrain.
The next verse saw giant fluffy clouds darken as they moved over the band. The screens behind Tweedy turned stormy, and blue rain-like streamers unraveled over the band. The biblical tale peaked when pairs of people dressed as chickens, elephants, lions and giraffes moved onto the ark-like platform and danced around to the track’s mellow vibe.
Watch Tweedy’s story-like performance and discussion with Colbert below.