Every so often since 1992, an all-star crew of writers — which has included Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Scott Turow and Simpsons creator Matt Groening — have stepped away from their laptops and notepads to play in an all-author band called The Rock Bottom Remainders. By their own admission, the Remainders have never been what you’d call great. “We’re a novelty, like a dog that can dance,” Barry recently told EW. (Bruce Springsteen once put it to them this way: “Don’t get any better or you’ll just be another lousy garage band.”) But being great was never really the point — it was about momentarily indulging their fantasies of rock-star glory and raising money for various literary organizations.
In June, in the wake of the death of their founder, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the Remainders decided to call it quits and gave their final concert (woohoo! rock and roll!) at a librarians’ convention. But EW has an exclusive clip from tonight’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, featuring the band’s last televised performance. Granted, this may not be a landmark piece of rock history up there with the Band’s Last Waltz or the Beatles’ rooftop concert. But how often do you get a chance to see Stephen King strumming a guitar and singing?
Plus, check out a bonus clip of King sitting down with Ferguson to talk about a short story he never managed to crack about a mysterious ladies’ room, and about whether or not his ghost will haunt our libraries after he’s gone.
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson airs on CBS at 12:35 a.m. ET / 11:35 p.m. CT.
On the scene for the final Rock Bottom Remainders concert
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