More musicians join Letterman's band

August 15, 1993|By New York Daily News

The music might be a bit louder on CBS's "Late Show With David Letterman" when it debuts Aug. 30.

Big bucks from CBS have allowed bandleader Paul Shaffer to add two new members to what used to be the World's Most Dangerous Band. Synthesizer player Bernie Worrell and guitarist Felicia Collins join band regulars Mr. Shaffer (keyboards), Anton Fig (drums), Will Lee (bass) and Sid McGinnis (guitar) on the show.

Because of the "intellectual property" rights NBC has asserted in its efforts to keep Mr. Letterman from bringing all his old "Late Night" to CBS, Mr. Shaffer's expanded band will have a new name when the first CBS show airs. In interviews, he has been referring to it as the Party Boys of Rock 'n' Roll, but last week, a show spokeswoman said the moniker isn't locked in yet.

Sax player David Sanborn, a frequent contributor to the band, is expected to continue to sit in at CBS.

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