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WATCH: Foo Fighters' 'Everlong' Sends off 'The Late Show with David Letterman' with Heartwarming Montage

by Carolyn Menyes   May 21, 2015 12:43 PM EDT

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Last night (May 20), after 22 years on The Late Show and 33 years on late night television, David Letterman finally bid farewell to the small screen. In a night full of tributes to the talk show host and comedian, Foo Fighters closed it all out with a touching performance of its smash hit "Everlong."

Though most of the final guests and gags on the final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman remained a mystery, word of Foo Fighters' appearance on the show broke yesterday afternoon and it was heavily assumed they would play Letterman out with a take on "Everlong." Letterman has declared the track his "favorite song by his favorite band" and the "Fighters of Foo" previously took it on for him in 2000 for his first episode after an emergency quadruple bypass.

Though they were the ones providing the soundtrack, Foo Fighters only appeared on TV screens for a brief moment during "Everlong," dressed in suits to fit in with the final formal occasion. Then, the band launched into an extended jam session on the song as moments from Letterman's time on television flashed by on screen.

There are zany moments, tender moments, interviews, performances, sketches, top 10 lists and lowkey tributes to stars who have passed on, including Lou Reed, Joan Rivers and Johnny Carson.

Watch the performance and final montage from The Late Show with David Letterman featuring the Foo Fighters' "Everlong" below, and try not to cry too hard.

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