Stephen Colbert Brings ‘Zelda’ Music to Life in ‘Late Show’ Symphony Performance

     October 14, 2015

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Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda has been delighting video game players for generations on a variety of different screens, but it’s a safe bet that this is the first time Link and his pals have appeared on CBS’ The Late Show. If Stephen Colbert wasn’t the most nerd-friendly talk show host coming into last night’s show, then inviting a 74-piece symphony orchestra to the Ed Sullivan Theater in order to play a medley of live Zelda music certainly helped his case.

The performance by The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses was in celebration (and in the name of product placement) of Nintendo’s release of The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes game for the Nintendo 3DS system on October 23rd. The Late Show house band “Jon Batiste and Stay Human” got in on the action and played a bit of the theme song backstage before the big performance. You can watch both below.


Jon Batiste and Stay Human are a Triforce to be reckoned with. Or in this case: Quadforce.

Rejoice, nerds! This is the music that awaits you in heaven. “The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes” for the Nintendo 3DS System is available October 23rd. The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is currently on a World Tour.


Those of you who appreciate video game music or live symphony orchestras enough to seek them out in concert venues should check out The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at their website and follow along with their Twitter account.

Or if it’s more than Zelda music you are after, definitely check out the touring concert Video Games Live, which showcases local symphonies who perform a wide selection of game music played to montages of video game footage. It’s an excellent way to combine the nerd love in your life with a little bit of culture.


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