First Aid Kit Says Goodbye To David Letterman With Final Performance Of ‘America’ [Watch]

First Aid Kit made their last possible stop on the Late Show With David Letterman last night and there is no doubt that both the band and host were feeling emotional during the performance.

The last batch of guests and performers on his show are special to him and each of them want to be able to pay their respects to the great host who has been on the air for decades.

David Letterman gives a description of how special the song “America” by Simon And Garfunkel is prior to the performance by First Aid Kit. He used to sing the song to his son before going to bed just as he did with “Stand By Me,” which Tracy Chapman recently performed on the show.

First Aid Kit is an indie folk duo composed of twin sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg from Sweden. Klara plays guitar and sings while Johanna plays the keyboard and backing vocals. They have 3 studio albums and “America” has been a fun song for them to cover over the years, playing it at festivals throughout the United States as well.

They have performed on The Late Show With David Letterman several times during trips to the United States including last year when they released their most recent album, Stay Gold.

During the recent performance on Letterman, it was a stripped down version that did not include Johanna playing the keyboard, but they were also joined by several violins in a backing band. After their performance, the host described it with great praise using words like “lovely, sweet, and very nice.”

It is certainly an emotional time for the longtime host of the Late Show and all of his guests who have appeared on the show over years, with many doing it multiple times.

First Aid Kit, along with every other guest that has appeared on the show recently, are fortunate to spend the final shows with host David Letterman. His last show will air on Wednesday, May 20th.

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