Stephen Colbert Accepts The Decemberists' Counter-Counter Challenge

Epic Guitar Duel to Take Place December 20 on Comedy Central

Dec 14, 2006, 00:00 ET from Capitol Records

    NEW YORK, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen Colbert, of basic cable
 television program "The Colbert Report," has formally accepted a counter-
 counter challenge from The Decemberists, setting the stage for an epic
 battle on par with Ali vs. Frazier, Scopes v. State and Kramer vs. Kramer.
 The winner-take-all guitar duel will take place on Wednesday, December 20th
 at 11:30 pm ET/PT on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."
     The first stone was cast on November 29th when Colbert used the debut
 of a segment entitled "Look Who's Riding My Coattails Now" to lambaste the
 band for their mtvU-sponsored "Re-Animate the Decemberists" contest
 ( For the contest the band performed
 new single "O Valencia!" in front of a "green screen" and asked college
 students nationwide to create animation for the video's backdrop. Colbert
 alleged that the band stole the concept from a contest he had earlier
     "Let's see how well they perform their trademark brand of
 hyper-literate prog-rock when I'm slicing off their legs at the knee," said
 Colbert, brandishing a Star Wars-style light saber to underscore his
 contentiousness. "Oh yes. They will feel the pain."
     The band responded on music website Pitchfork, defending itself of the
 charge and upping the stakes with a counter challenge: the "Decemberists
 vs. Stephen Colbert Guitar Solo Challenge."
     "Put down the pen, Colbert, and pick up the axe! Let's see what kind of
 a man you really are," said the band in a statement, adding, for dramatic
 effect, "Let's SHRED!"
     The story, stick with us here, now picked up by ACTUAL national news
 outlets including the Associated Press, led Colbert to accept the
 challenge. "Decemberists, I accept your counter-counter challenge," he
 said. "At last we'll see who reigns supreme."
     Decemberists multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk, anointed as the band's
 warrior-incarnate, will now face off with Colbert in a blood-frenzy of
 guitar mayhem and pyrotechnics on the December 20 episode of "The Colbert
 Report," airing on Comedy Central at 11:30 pm ET/PT (check local listings).
 The show will repeat on Thursday, December 21 at 8:30 am, 2:30 pm and 8:30
 pm ET/PT and also at Two will enter, one will leave
     The Decemberists, whose recent album "The Crane Wife" is enjoying
 considerable acclaim, will celebrate the sweet taste of victory (is that
 nutmeg?) by spending the holidays with their families. Dates for a spring
 U.S. tour will be announced soon.

SOURCE Capitol Records