Paul Shaffer (fourth from left), the longtime David Letterman bandleader, brings the World s Most Dangerous Band to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Friday, June 23. CONTRIBUTED

Paul Schaffer & The World’s Most Dangerous Band concert at Fraze Pavilion canceled

UPDATED: Tonight’s Paul Shaffer and the World’s Most Dangerous Band concert at Fraze Pavilion has been cancelled, according to the Fraze.

The Fraze has posted the following message on its web site:

Due to scheduling conflicts, this show has been canceled. The date will not be re-scheduled this summer. Ticket refunds available via original point of purchase.

ORIGINALLY POSTED 6/17/17: It’s been about 37 years since Paul Shaffer did his last big tour as part of the Blues Brothers Band. However, that gap didn’t stop the former band leader for David Letterman from hitting the road this summer with the World’s Most Dangerous Band.

The occasion, which brings Shaffer to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Friday, June 23, is his new album. He recently answered some questions about his new career options, which opened up when Letterman retired in 2015.

Q: It’s been a while since you toured. How is the road treating you?

A: “The tour has been such that we go out and do weekends and then come back home. It’s still a little different doing this all these years later at my age. I can’t lie, the traveling is a little difficult when you have to play the same day. But the cliché is all true: when you finally get on stage, it’s all worth it. It’s really been a lot of fun.”

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Q: What have you liked best?

A: “The best part, I guess, is having Valerie Simpson as my special guest. She is not only a classic and a legend as a songwriter and performer, but she also just raises everyone’s game. She is inspiring. She may even be a little older than I am and when I look at her I say, ‘Stop claiming and get out there and perform.’”

Q: What has surprised you most?

A: “The people have been really attentive. After all these years, I have a lot of funny behind-the-scenes things and I tell a number of stories on my favorite artists before I play the song. The people love to hear these stories that I tell and they laugh in all the right places. Not only is it gratifying, every night I learn a whole bunch about what to do and what not to do. The audience really tells you what you’re supposed to be doing. It’s been a great learning experience for me.”

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Q: How is this different from working with Letterman for 30-plus years?

A: “There’s a big difference in being a guy’s sidekick for 33 years and being the frontman because it’s all on you. Not only that, when the song ends, you don’t goof off while the emcee talks, it’s you — so you have to continue with the talk and entertain. It’s a solid hour and a half of performing, talking and playing all at once, and I just love it.”

Q: You seemed suited for it, both musically and personality-wise.

A: “Well, I thank you for saying that. David showed up all those years and he was encouraging and generous with air time. He said, ‘Whenever you have something, jump in.’ It’s wonderful for a boss to say that, but he’s still the one carrying the whole show on his shoulders. When I got to jump in and host the show for him a couple of times I said, ‘Oh my God, this is what he’s been doing all this time?’ There’s a big difference and I’m experiencing all of that now. It’s all on me and it’s very thrilling to be in that position.”

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Q: What was your first thought when Sire Records head Seymour Stein approached you about making a new album?

A: “I was thrilled to do it and it got me back into the studio and playing the piano again. It really showed me what I’m supposed to do with my life. I’d been working every night with Letterman for 33 years and I thought it was time to slow down a little bit. Well, that didn’t work at all. I got so bored, right away. This got me going again and really showed me that I’ve got to keep playing the piano because that’s what keeps me happy. My next thought, of course, was, ‘What now? What am I supposed to record? Being the studio musician I am, I pride myself on being able to play any style. What will be style? I had to figure out what I really love the most and it’s the songs I love the most. It was a simple as getting the songs that get me going and stir up my emotions and hopefully it will work for the audience.”

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