There were echoes of The Godfather during last night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as one Don waged war against another.
The first was Don Henley, the Eagles singer-drummer and longtime solo artist whose newest album, Cass County, kicks up the countrified dust of his childhood days in East Texas. With Cass County making its debut this Friday, he’s been hitting the promo circuit hard, performing “Praying for Rain” at last week’s Americana Honors and Awards show before heading to New York for an appearance on Colbert’s program. There, singing the barroom-blues ballad “Too Much Pride” within walking distance of Trump Tower, Henley got political, throwing the name of presidential hopeful Donald Trump into a song about unchecked ambition and outsized egos.
“Now listen, Mr. Trump,” he rasped at one point, backed by the gospel harmonies of four backup singers, the saloon-style piano of Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste and the sonic swell of more than 12 sidemen. “Empires rise and empires fall/You stick around here long enough you’ll see it all/Now it looks like it’s gone nationwide/Too much pride.”
Coincidentally, Trump will be a guest on tonight’s Late Show. Meanwhile, Henley — who mentioned the GOP frontrunner’s name two times during the four-minute song — is gearing up for a solo tour that kicks off October 3rd, one week after Cass County hits stores. The shows will likely focus on County‘s tracks, although a bonus performance of “New York Minute” during last night’s Colbert taping hints that older songs will dot the setlist, too.