The music world was rocked by the death of the Eagles' Glenn Frey on Monday (Jan. 18) and in honor of the legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter, Stephen Colbert shared an integral memory involving the Frey-penned hit "Desperado" on The Late Show.
Taking a break from his typical comedic stylings, Colbert got serious and mildly somber, if only for a moment, to share an anecdote about how Frey helped him to become a man (and eventually procreate).
"I just want to take a moment to thank Glenn Frey for what he gave me. And this is what he gave me: The song 'Desperado,'"Colbert said before singing a little bit of the tune. "The first slow dance I ever danced to was to 'Desperado.' It was the eighth grade dance at our local little club. I didn't dance with anybody all night long until the very last song, and I found myself over on the girls' side. And the DJ goes 'It's our last song, and it's a slow one.' And he puts on 'Desperado,' which is the perfect last song at an eighth grade dance when you have danced with no one. Because I was the desperado."
Colbert went on to describe how he asked his friend Dolly to dance with him, echoing his cracking eighth grade voice and awkward dance - you know, the kind where no one is sure to put their hands, in only the way a middle schooler can do. "It was one of the sweetest, most beautiful moments of my life," he said. "And it would not have happened without Glenn Frey. Sad to see him go."
Frey passed away at the age of 67 due to a variety of ailments. Colbert is not the only celebrity to honor his legacy - Bruce Springsteen covered "Take It Easy" in Frey's honor earlier this week.