The Hold Steady Visit ‘The Colbert Report,’ Talk Catholicism, Rock ‘Hurricane J’

Thursday (May 13) was a great day for birthdays, as “Twilight” vampire Robert Pattinson and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker both celebrated becoming one year older. The same went for former basketball star Dennis “The Worm” Rodman and late night host Stephen Colbert, who celebrated his 46th birthday by inviting the Hold Steady to play on his show “The Colbert Report.”

Following riffs on new Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and the ongoing psychosis of Glenn Beck, Colbert sat down with Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler (the same pair who chatted with MTV News two weeks ago). The main point of discussion was the title of the band’s new album Heaven Is Whenever, which got into a surprisingly legitimate debate about the concept of the afterlife and Finn’s lapsed Catholicism. “I still go to church,” he told Colbert. “But I don’t think the Pope would agree with my concept of Catholicism.”

“Well, then there’s the door my friend,” Colbert joked in response. “It’s either Yahweh or the highway.”

The pair also joked about their look. “Are you sure you’re in a rock band and not graphic designers?” Colbert asked (an ironic question, considering that Kubler handles a lot of the art direction for the band). Following the interview, the rest of the group joined Kubler and Finn for a run through “Hurricane J,” the band’s powerful, heavy first single from Heaven Is Whenever.


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