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James Taylor Performs Somber French National Anthem on ‘Colbert’

Singer-songwriter offers touching tribute to Paris with “La Marseillaise” performance

After appearing on The Late Show last week to perform a silly, updated version of his classic song “Fire and Rain,” James Taylor returned on a more serious and solemn note to sing the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise.”

Taylor’s performance of “La Marseillaise” was a simple and classy tribute to the country. As he sang in French, Taylor sat in front of multiple flags f the country while Colbert’s house band, led by Jon Batiste, joined the singer.

Taylor’s performance comes less than two weeks after a series of terror attacks ravaged a city, including the legendary rock club La Bataclan. Over 100 people were killed, with the largest death toll coming from Bataclan where an audience attending an Eagles of Death Metal Show were held hostage.

The night of the attacks, Colbert added a touching monologue to his show about the news. “Folks, we end tonight’s show with a heavy heart because we taped all of tonight’s show and then found out about the horrific attacks in Paris today,” he told his audience.


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