The O’Jays guest on The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert this Thurs, 8/4 CBS @ 11:35 PM/Eastern
It’s been an exciting few weeks for The O’Jays, the legendary group whose signature song “Love Train” was appropriated without their consent to boost the candidacy of Donald Trump. They decried the re-purposing of their music in no uncertain terms with founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams adamantly expressing their displeasure. Levert suggested that the Republican candidate “just may be the Antichrist.” Williams noted that “’Love Train” is about bringing people together, not building walls,” putting the song’s theme at odds with one of the main tenants of Trump’s campaign.
Shortly thereafter, their attorneys sent a cease and desist order to Rep. John Mica (R-FL) who had helped himself to “For The Love of Money,” which, quite ironically, tells a cautionary tale about the consequences of greed.
This week finds the trio — Levert, Williams and Eric Nolan Grant — and their music featured in a more convivial context. They’ll be sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the house band on this Thursday’s edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS. It is expected that the musical interludes going into and out of breaks will feature highlights from The O’Jays catalog. In sharp contrast to how their music was appropriated last month, this time it will be heard and performed with the group’s full and enthusiastic cooperation.