Stepro says Letterman gig was great, headed to Japan next
By Sarah Einselen
Galion son Mark Stepro helped close out Friday’s episode of “The Late Show with David Letterman” as drummer for the band “Butch Walker and the Black Widows.” It was his third or fourth appearance on the show, he said.
The band performed its popular number “Synthesizer.”
“It was slightly less terrifying than the first couple of times,” Stepro said in a phone interview Tuesday. The first time, the difference between a TV appearance and his normal concert routines felt strange—“you just kind of sit in a tiny dressing room for four hours trying not to think about how nervous you are,” he described, before going on the freezing-cold stage to perform one song with as much energy as if it were the tenth song in a concert lineup.
A night on “Letterman” still feels weird since it’s so unlike a live concert—“It’s tricky,” Stepro said. But he was pleased with the band’s performance and attributed its success to time spent rehearsing the song and performing it during a six-week tour a few months ago.
Although Stepro has appeared on “Letterman” multiple times, he doesn’t watch it regularly, mainly because he’s usually playing a gig the evenings it’s on. He’ll watch video clips afterward if friends of his in the music business appear on the show.
Next, Stepro is headed to several cities in Japan and Australia today for a tour with rocker Ben Kweller that will keep him overseas until mid-March. He’s drummed for Kweller since 2006 and joined Butch Walker and the Black Widows about a year ago.
Butch Walker and the Black Widows maintain a website at butchwalker.com. The website for Ben Kweller is benkweller.com. Multiple clips of the Black Widows’ Letterman appearance have appeared on YouTube over the weekend.