tv Late Night With Seth Meyers NBC June 29, 2018 12:37am-1:38am PDT
[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- paul rudd, musician florence welch, music from florence + the machine. featuring the 8g band with joe russo. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everyone doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that is fantastic to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. president trump was in the milwaukee today to meet with his supporters. and after i read his remarks, i also needed some support from milwaukee.
[ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] at a rally in north dakota last night, president trump said that he wants his pick for the supreme court to stay on the court for 40 or 45 years. even more disturbing he added, "or until the end of my presidency. whichever comes first." [ laughter and applause ] according to the reports, former new york city mayor michael bloomberg is considering a presidential run in 2020, making him the richest person to seek the position. i said, making him the richest person to seek the position! according to new research, artificial intelligence programs may eventually be susceptible to stress and depression if they learn to think like a human being. [ light laughter ] and it is not easy to read their suicide note.
[ laughter and applause ] a company is seeking cloud funding for artificial intelligence camera that can tell people if they are using proper posture and weight distribution while working at a standing desk. also includes a tracker that will make sure you are mentioning your standing desk to other people at least ten times a day. [ laughter and applause ] "you see i got a standing desk over there?" canadian health officials are reportedly working to counteract fears that dispensaries will experience a marijuana shortage when the drug becomes legal in the fall. said one official, "why is everybody so paranoid?" [ laughter and applause ] the adult website porn hub is rolling a new feature -- rolling out a new feature that adds subtitles to videos for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. [ laughter ] and i have to say the subtitles are a little snarky.
[ laughter and applause ] toy maker mattel has announced that it's partnering with coding organizations to develop a new robotic engineer barbie. but despite her degree, ken is still going to try to explain it to her. [ light laughter ] the ceo of chipotle reportedly wants to make the restaurant more culturally relevant and turn it into a lifestyle brand. which explains the new line of branded t-shirts. and finally, our country is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. as the president and his administration continue to defend immigration policies that harm people who are seeking asylum people in the u.s. here to comment is one of our writers, dina gusovsky. [ cheers and applause ] >> thanks, seth. now, before i talk about immigration, i want to show you a picture of a refugee.
i know what you are thinking, that's really sad. who gave that little boy that haircut? even sadder, that's me. [ laughter ] i immigrated to the united states in 1991. and my mom gave me that haircut because she thought it would help me fit in here in the early '90s. and honestly, she wasn't wrong. [ laughter and applause ] things were pretty messed up in russia back then. for starters, even though it was 1991, everything was still in black and white. also, it was dangerous. we're jewish and jews were being thrown in jail for no reason, they couldn't get jobs and officials constantly asking to see our papers. russian jews got asked to show their papers more than american jews get asked which summer camp they went to. [ light laughter ] now, there's a lot of talk lately about what immigrants are like. people say we're trying to sneak in and steal things from america. but the only thing i've ever
stolen is refill of soda at burger king. [ light laughter ] >> seth: dina, those refills are free. >> really? >> seth: yeah. >> man, this is a great country. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] now, some people say we shouldn't let refugees in because we have no idea who they really are. but the truth is, refugees who are granted asylum into the u.s. are vetted for up to four years and screened by at least five different government agencies. by the time i was five, i was more thoroughly vetted than most of trump's cabinet. [ laughter ] and taller than at least one of them. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] but perhaps the most egregious lie that people will tell you about refugees is that letting them enter our country is a liberal idea. well you know which flaming liberal let me in? this guy. ronald reagan said "more than any other country, our strength
comes from our only immigrant heritage and capacity to welcome those from other lands." and he's right. refugees have given so much to america. they have given us technology and music and leadership. they don't make america more dangerous. they make it more safe. without gloria estefan, we wouldn't have known when the rhythm was going to get us. [ laughter ] politicians talk about immigrants like we are a political concept. but we are people. regular hard working people who are trying to make life better for ourselves and our families. we are just like you, but with much worse haircuts. [ light laughter ] seth. >> seth: give it up for dina everybody! [ cheers and applause ] we have a great show for you tonight. he is starring in marvel's "ant-man and the wasp," paul rudd is back on the show. [ cheers and applause ] she's an incredible musician and performer. here to chat with us forence welch. and we will have music from her grammy nominated band florence + the machine. so you are here on a fantastic
night. [ cheers and applause ] before we get to that, republicans are rushing to replace retiring supreme court justice anthony kennedy while simultaneously working to stop the russia investigation. for more on this, it's time for a closer look. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: trump held yet another campaign rally last night in north dakota. his third rally in a week. now, we've been calling these rallies public therapy sessions. but it was never more true than it was last night. watch as trump airs his deepest insecurities about not being seen as smart, rich, or popular. >> i meet these people. they call them the elite. these people. i look at them, i say, "that's elite?" we got more money. we got more brains. we got better houses, apartments. we got nicer boats. we are smarter than they are and they say the elite. we are the elite. and i thought that was so brilliant, i said, "oh, i am so smart."
i am the smartest person. my uncle was a great professor at m.i.t. for 40 years. can you believe, 40 years? i said, "but i'm smarter than him." i'm smarter than anybody. a thing comes out, a big poll -- a couple of polls, a number of polls that he's the most powerful, most popular republican in the history of the party. >> seth: oh my god. dude, get a therapist. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] i know you're cheap, but get a therapist. trump is like a guy at a bar who acts as his own wing man. [ light laughter ] "my buddy thinks you're cute. he's smart and handsome and popular and he's me." [ light laughter ] but you know what trump says, he's smarter than anybody, and he had a chance to show off those smarts while talking about the complex issue of trade during his rally. trump was defending his tariffs. now, this is trump's thing. it's his big issue. the thing he claims to be expert on, and yet, when his aides slipped him a note during the
rally about canadian wheat practices, he seemed confused. >> i'll tell you, john and kevin gave me something. they just told me this. canadian wheat. markets consistently discriminate against the united states wheat by grading it as feed. do you know what that means? they know what it means. i don't know what the hell it means. i just know it's a bad deal. [ laughter ] what the hell does that mean? yeah. >> seth: great, that clears it up. [ light laughter ] also, he yells out canadian wheat like he's guessing in pictionary. "canadian wheat!" [ laughter and applause ] only trump could brag that he's smarter than anybody, and then in the same speech admit that he has no idea what he's talking about. [ light laughter ] he's like a doctor looking down at you before a surgery who says, "don't worry, i'm the best surgeon in the world. now just tell me what does the kidney look like?"
[ light laughter ] now while he was nursing his various obsessions, trump decided to return to another one. perhaps his greatest obsession, hillary clinton, during a rant comparing the size of his crowds to hers. >> if crooked hillary would have won this election, and if she came here, which is about a zero percent chance after the election, she'd have 200 people in a conference room in a small hotel. and let me tell you, if our opponent, our wonderful opponent, when is she going to get over it? [ laughter ] when does she get over it? >> seth: when is she going to get over it? [ laughter ] if you are still asking that question 20 months after the election you won, you are the person who is not over it. [ light laughter ] trump's like a guy texting his ex two years after they broke up, "why can't you stop thinking about me?" and while -- while trump is
obsessing over hillary or his popularity, he also seems to have found a new hobby horse. how much, bear with me here, how much rich guys love rockets. he's mentioned it multiple times. just in the last week, while discussing his plans for nasa, including twice yesterday. >> i said, listen, you got rich guys for whatever reason, they love rockets. i said, "lease them the land. charge them a lot. but let's do it that way." that's a lot better. we are like a landlord. we have all these rich guys. they love rockets. they are all sending up, bezos and elon musk and all of them, they love the rocket business. let them, just rent it to them for a lot of money and let them play. you know, they need our land. it's good to be in the real estate business. they need our land. you know we have these rich guys. they love these rockets. [ light laughter ] i said, "lease them the land. charge them a lot." they just want to send rockets. but i look at it with bezos, with elon musk, they all love rockets.
>> seth: he sounds like a stand up comic trying out a new bit. [ laughter ] "what's the deal with rich guys and rockets?" [ cheers and applause ] seriously though, why on earth would anyone want their own personal rocket? i mean, sure things are bad right now. but it's not like anyone actually wishes they could blast themselves into outer space, right? >> breaking news. >> we are following major breaking news. president trump getting an another opportunity to put his stamp on the united states supreme court for decades to come. justice anthony kennedy announcing his retirement a few hours ago. >> seth: "hey honey, it's me. [ light laughter ] meet me at the launch pad t-minus 20 minutes. no, don't bring the dog." [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] so donald little rocket man trump will now have the chance to nominate a second supreme
court justice who will shape the future of everything from gay rights, to voting rights, to roe v. wade. trump of course, is elated that he gets to pick a second supreme court justice who could help cement his legacy. and he made that clear yesterday when he was meeting with the president of portugal. who right off the bat, he had to go and make it weird. >> if you don't mind, i'll just make a quick statement of a man i also have great respect for, justice anthony. you know who i'm talking about. justice kennedy will be retiring. >> seth: he definitely forgot kennedy's last name for a second. [ laughter and applause ] "justice anthony -- you know who i'm talking about. [ light laughter ] old guy glasses. you know him. black robe." how do you forget the name kennedy? it's one of the most famous names in american history. is that why trump puts his names on all his buildings so he won't forget it? [ light laughter ] my name is donald --
donald tower? [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] now, if you remember, republicans stole a supreme court seat from president obama by staging an unprecedented blockade of obama's choice to fill the seat, merrick garland. they claimed back then that the american people should get to weigh in during the presidential election, which was at the time nine months away. >> the american people should be afforded the opportunity to weigh in. >> we think the american people need a chance to weigh in on this issue. >> it ought to be out off out this toxic arena right and put off to after the election. >> this should be a decision for the people, george. let the election decide it. >> let's let the american people decide. >> seth: there you go, mcconnell said, "let the people decide." so now that we're four months away from an election, i'm sure mcconnell, a man of his word will follow the rule he made up and hold off the vote after the election. and i'm just kidding. mcconnell is totally full of [ bleep ].
>> we will vote to confirm justice kennedy's successor this fall. it's imperative that the president's nominee be considered fairly. >> seth: considered fairly? you refused to even meet with merrick garland. look at that sweet man. that's like refusing to pet a golden retriever. [ laughter ] "no thank you. i prefer a rattlesnake. [ light laughter ] i like to pet a good old rattlesnake. [ laughter ] come here now. nice snake." [ laughter ] here's the lesson. the gop isn't operating on arguments or principles. they don't care about being called hypocrites or liars. hypocrisy isn't their weakness, it's their platform. we saw that yet again during a congressional hearing on the russia investigation today. remember, republicans spent millions of dollars over four years investigating benghazi and came up with nothing. and yet today, they basically yelled at deputy attorney
general rod rosenstein to end the russia investigation. here's retiring gop congressman trey gowdy freaking out at rosenstein today. >> we are two years into this investigation. we're a year and a half into the presidency. we are over a year in the special counsel. there is a presumption of guilt. there is a desire by democrat senators to fundraise off of your investigation. more than 60 democrats have already voted to proceed with impeachment before bob mueller has found a single solitary damn thing. more than 60 have voted to move forward with impeachment. and he hasn't presented his first finding. if you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury. whatever you got, finish it the hell up. >> seth: what's up with trey gowdy? i mean, look at him, lose tie, messy hair. he looks like he's about to be cut off by the bartender. "they're trying to impeach him!" [ laughter ]
of course, gowdy is the same guy who dragged hillary clinton in front of a committee to testify about benghazi during the presidential campaign. and even he admitted after that hearing that he didn't learn anything new. >> well, when you say new today, i mean we knew of that already. we knew about the e-mails. in terms of her testimony, i don't know that she testified that much differently today than she has previous times she's testified. so, i'd have to go back and look at the transcript. >> seth: go back and look at the transcript? even the transcript would be fed up. establishment -- establishment democrats need to learn that republicans don't care about being hypocrites. it's just raw politics. trump doesn't care for your respect, for rules or norms. in fact, there is only one thing trump does seem to deeply care about. >> rich guys, they love rockets. [ light laughter ] >> seth: this has been "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] we'll be back with paul rudd, everybody.
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with us who will be debuting his new improv quartet "boyfriends" this saturday night at new blue right here in new york city. joe russo, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] thank you so much for the reshow. >> thank you. >> seth: and also, helping us out, all week on bass from eagles of death metal and courtney love's band. her brand new video, "a night like this," is up on youtube now, jennie vee has been here all week. thank you so much. we really appreciate it. [ cheers and applause ] you know our first guest tonight from his work in such films as "this is 40" and "anchorman." he returns to the marvel universe in the highly anticipated "ant-man and the wasp," which is in theaters and imax july 6th. let's take a look. >> hey, i'm going down pacific. burgess' boys are all over me. >> i'm on my way. >> right, i'll get the lab. >> hi. >> oh, that's badass. [ glass breaking ] [ tires squealing ] >> nice.
♪ [ crash ] >> seth: please welcome back to the show paul rudd, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: i'm so happy you're here. >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] wow, they really -- they really turned on those signs. >> seth: yeah, we've got brand new signs. >> oh, they work. >> seth: so, this is -- i want to talk about "ant-man," because i'm very excited about this. but i've known you for a long time. i feel like i know a lot of things about you. i did not know this that you are
a co-owner of a candy shop. >> yes. >> seth: this is not a joke. >> this is not a joke. i am co-owner of a candy store called samuel's sweet shop in rhinebeck, new york. >> okay. >> seth: and i own this candy store with jeffrey dean morgan. >> seth: who's a fantastic actor. >> great actor. plays negan on "the walking dead." >> seth: "walking dead," yeah. >> and another guy named andy ostroy. we all kind of live around there. and we -- i brought you something. >> seth: okay. i'm so excited. >> so we have lots of old -- >> seth: old candy. >> kind of fun candy. >> seth: great. >> and then, there's another -- there's a woman named donna weber who makes these treats for us. and she was so nice to put like my face on a rice crispy treat. [ light laughter ] or jeff on a rice crispy treat. [ light laughter ] >> seth: okay, there you go. so there you go. there's jeffrey. all right, so -- >> and then, there is andy who you can see, he's not really famous, he's just the other guy.
>> seth: okay, go over there, yeah. [ light laughter ] all right. >> and they don't really sell that much, so i brought you a bunch of andy's. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] [ applause ] and you can tell -- here, give it a shot. andy is delicious. [ cheers ] >> seth: um, now do people when they first see it, because he's next to you and jeffrey, do they go, "what's he in?" because they just -- they must assume he's an actor. >> uh, i don't know. [ light laughter ] >> seth: is he delicious? >> he's delicious. >> seth: now, quality wise -- >> i'm going to take a bite out of andy and a sip out of you. [ light laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: i've never heard anybody -- thank you so much. so -- so this is your second "ant-man" film. where does this one pick up? >> well, after -- now, i've got andy caught in my teeth.
>> seth: yeah, that was a mistake. >> i'll keep that joke going. it picks up, i'm under house arrest, because if you remember at the end of the "civil war," all the avengers are fighting, and then, i get caught, and i get put under house arrest. >> seth: right. >> that is why i'm not in "infinity war." people have asked me. >> seth: because your character was under house arrest. [ light laughter ] and they couldn't -- they couldn't plot you out of house arrest? in all the things that they figure ways out of in a marvel universe. >> yeah, yeah, no, well, no, he has to stay inside. [ light laughter ] but, uh, yes, i'm under house arrest, and i kind of put hank and hope, they are not talking to me, it's -- we are a little bit at odds. >> seth: so this is interesting, because you co-wrote this script. >> right. >> seth: no, i have a lot of people who are stars of the marvel films here, and a lot of times, they are limited by, of course, what they can say and also, they're limited by design as far as knowing what's going
to happen next in the universe. did you have to get more information than most of them because you were actually working on the script? >> yeah. and it's terrifying to know -- to have these secrets, to know some of these things. i feel a lot of pressure. but i also feel very privileged, because, like, i knew about that "infinity war" before it was going to happen. >> seth: you knew you weren't going to be in it? [ laughter ] >> i knew -- by the way, people say, "infinity war," i go, "i guess we'll see." it's like, "i know i'm not in it." [ laughter ] however -- however, people asked me about this one, and -- i don't know if i'm supposed to say this, but i'll say it, it happens kind of concurrently. >> seth: got it. >> and it's very important, because it doesn't exist in a vacuum, you have to stay through the end. because when you see this thing, through those post credit scenes, there's some mind blowing stuff in there that kind of ties into "infinity war." and it's -- i think i messed up. i think i messed up. >> seth: you think about it? i think -- i don't know how that
could mess up, though, because i would only think that would only make more people see the movie, which i feel is the end game. >> you know what, you're right. [ laughter ] >> seth: yeah. are your kids -- your kids are 13 and eight? >> yeah. >> seth: are they "ant-man" fans? were they excited when you started doing this? >> they are. they've really gotten into the whole marvel -- the whole marvel world. and my son has gone through and watched all the movies. now my daughter who's eight loves it and she's going back. some of these are inappropriate. i'm finding out. there's like a little, you know, she's a little young for them. but i've been showing inappropriate films to my kids for many years. [ light laughter ] >> seth: oh, that's interesting because now, you know, obviously, my kids are even pre-film at all. but like, when do you -- do you worry about what your current taste is versus what your age appropriate taste of your kids? >> i've discovered -- i made these mistakes and i've kind of -- when my son was about four, i said, "oh, you've got to see 'the jerk,'" steve martin, which i -- we were watching together and he's laughing. and then, you get to some scenes, oh, this is really rated r. >> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ]
>> but then, he watched it anyway. and then, when he was about seven or eight, i didn't think about it. i said, "oh, you know what's really funny is 'step brothers.'" and then, we watched that. and then, we showed it to my daughter, and then, it gets to the scene with will ferrell and the drum set, and i'm like, "oh, yeah, this is in there." [ light laughter ] and then, i showed "faces of death" to my daughter, which was not a good -- [ laughter ] >> seth: you just had, there is a charity event that a bunch of you kansas city guys do. you, sudeikis, riggle, koechner -- >> yeah. >> seth: i'm sure i'm forgetting some. >> no, eric stonestreet, david koechner, jason sudeikis, you said all these people. >> seth: i think i missed stonestreet. >> you missed stonestreet, yeah. >> seth: but it's in k.c. it's a fundraiser. >> yeah, for children's mercy hospital and we just had it a few weeks ago. >> seth: and i know it started as a poker tournament but you couldn't do because of gambling laws. >> yeah, it's called the "big slick." which is a poker term. >> seth: which is a poker term. >> but we don't play any poker whatsoever. [ light laughter ] >> seth: you play bowl?
you bowled? >> we play a game of -- a game of softball at royal stadium that we have a bowling tournament which you bowl with some of the kids and some sponsors. >> seth: are you a good bowler? >> i'm -- eh -- i'm -- i'm okay. but i always thought like bowling isn't something you don't want to be -- you want to be good but you don't want to be that good. >> seth: right. [ light laughter ] i agree with that. >> you know. >> seth: yeah. >> because then, you have to explain why you're really good at bowling. >> seth: yeah, yeah. >> you know, you own the wrist guard. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah, if you bowled a 280, i would say, "tell me everything about your upbringing." >> yeah, so my goal is to get over 100. >> seth: okay, that's good. did you do that this weekend? >> i did. >> seth: okay, good. you made it. >> i did. i broke 100. >> seth: well, that's great man. i'm really proud of you. thank you so much. [ light laughter ] >> seth: thank you so much for being here. thanks for the candy and the cookies. always so good to see you, buddy. >> it's great to see you too. >> seth: paul rudd, everybody. "ant-man and the wasp" is in theaters and imax july 6th. we'll be right back with florence welch. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: welcome back. everybody. our next guest is a grammy nominated musician and her band florence + the machine's fantastic new album, "high as hope" is out now. please welcome to the show florence welch, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ >> seth: welcome to the show. you're, i mean, we were just talking backstage. we've met a couple of times because you hosted "snl" and -- or you didn't host, but you were a musical guest in 2010 and 2011. you don't do a lot of talking on talk shows? >> no, i get really nervous and i get quite shy. so, yeah. >> seth: all right. >> i get a bit scared, but i'm gonna try. >> seth: okay. good. [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ]
the one thing you did -- yeah. [ applause ] and this was -- wasn't unique to this show, but i guess you do this all the time, but i went to the dressing room to say hello before the show. it's the same dressing room every night. it doesn't look any different, except tonight when i walked in, you had completely redecorated. [ laughter ] there were a lot of scarves. >> i think i moved the mirror around a bit. and yeah, i have -- you know, i have quite a strong sense of aesthetic. i don't know. >> seth: okay. >> if that comes across. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] i would -- when you walk into a room that no one has touched and you completely rearranged it, it came across. [ laughter ] >> some people say it's obsessive, but -- [ light laughter ] i'm working on it. >> seth: obsessive would be, if i called you after you left and was like, "you didn't put it back exactly right." >> but it looks better. >> seth: well -- okay. it looks a little better, yeah. [ light laughter ] and but that's something you do when you are on tour? >> yeah. i mean, we bring -- well, yeah. i bring -- i kind of collect throws and -- there's lots of patterns and embroidery and, kind of --
but, it's also a nice thing to do when you arrive and, you know, i spend, like, a good half an hour just, kind of, decorating and settling it. yeah. [ light laughter ] >> seth: can you go over to friend's houses and leave it alone? >> it's hard, no. >> seth: no. [ laughter ] i stay at home a lot. [ laughter ] i wish that was a joke. >> seth: you -- well, you, obviously, you can't stay home all the time because you are going out on tour. australia, new zealand -- you are coming here to the states. you're doing the barclays. >> yes. >> seth: so, do you like the road? do you like the big shows? >> the shows are kind of -- they're so important to me. it's where everything comes together. i don't know, it's kind of, like, how i make sense of myself, in a way. but also, i feel kind of -- i've been doing it for a while, and i feel, kind of, really honored, 'cause sometimes you really get to see the best in people. >> seth: sure. >> other shows, like, you -- i mean, i literally, i'm out there like, "everybody, tell each other that you love each other. tell people you don't know you love each other." and you just see everybody, they're so up for it. and, yeah.
so, it -- it, kind of -- it's so important to me, the live aspect and connection is such a big part of that. and when you feel you are taking everything somewhere with you. it's a very collaborative thing, i think, a gig. >> seth: and it must be nice, obviously, to now be known. you know, i'm sure in your early gigs, people didn't know who you were, and if you told them to go tell each other they love each other, they're like, "that weird lady is being very -- too bossy." [ laughter ] >> i don't know. i was very drunk most of the time. >> seth: oh, okay. [ laughter ] >> i was definitely still being bossy. i don't think i minded if people didn't do it. >> seth: oh, that's cute. but this is -- very early on, you knew you wanted to be a performer. this is not something you came to late in life. i've heard, i should say, i've read that when you were eight years old, you would put on your mom's robes and sing billie holiday with a wine glass full of orange juice. [ laughter ] so, you -- you were, what, like, you wanted all of rock music early on. >> yeah. yeah, yeah. i was like, "i know what i'm gonna be, and it involves
drinking and being sad." [ light laughter ] and, i'm -- and, you know, i went there. >> seth: yeah. >> i did. [ laughter ] >> seth: you know, it's nice when an eight year-old finds their dreams. >> yes. i was, like, eight and i knew that it would involve a wine glass. >> seth: oh, my god. also, as an eight year-old being, like, "billie holiday, that's someone who gets me." >> yes. [ laughter ] billie holiday, like, etta james, nina simone, you know, those were -- those were the first voices that i was really drawn to. >> seth: that's fantastic. you -- i always, i remember, you know, the first time i heard you sing, and i also remember hearing the band name and being like, "wow. florence + the machine, that's a fantastic band name." and -- but it, maybe, was your first good band name. what was your first band? >> my first band was at school. and i was 11 and i had a punk band called the toxic cockroaches. >> seth: okay. [ laughter ] yeah. >> but we -- i only had a drum kit. i was the guitarist, but i didn't have a guitar. and the only instrument we had was a drum kit. >> seth: okay, so, what does a guitarist without a guitar hold? >> not much.
>> seth: yeah. [ light laughter ] >> not much. i held a lot of enthusiasm. >> seth: oh, that's good. yeah. >> yeah. [ cheers and applause ] that comes across today. this is -- so, you also, you've written a book. this is a collection of -- drafts of lyrics, drawings, things like that. is this something -- are you someone who saves everything and constantly is keeping your work with you as you travel? >> yes. yeah, i've always had notebooks all the time and i'm always, kind of, writing things down. scraps of paper is one of the most important thing to me, so, i keep everything. but, yeah, when i was -- i would never lose notebooks. like, i would go out all night and i would lose keys and phones and boyfriends. [ laughter ] but i would always come home, like, clutching the notebook, like, this, kind of, like wine soaked, battered up notebook, but i never lost them. you know? >> seth: that's fantastic. well, it was certainly --
>> i was trying to keep hold of it. so, they are all in there. >> seth: that pays off. now, this is not your first experience in books. you -- what age were you writing your, "spell" books? is this accurate? >> yes, i -- you are making me sound like such a weird kid. [ laughter ] >> seth: you're already past the -- yeah. >> i'm surprising -- people could guess. >> seth: yeah. >> but, yeah, i started a -- i started a covenant school. >> seth: a covenant school? >> yes. a covenant. >> seth: so, sort of like a wit -- a sorority for witches. >> yes. [ laughter ] and we -- yeah, i wrote a spell book. there were spells in there. they were, like, love spells. >> seth: uh-huh. >> like, kind of, get, like, the kid in the next class to fall in love me. i don't know if he did. >> seth: okay, yeah. >> if you're out there -- >> seth: if you're out there and have always had, like, this longing desire for florence, that was the spell. >> that was that. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah. i want to ask, you are gonna perform a song for us tonight. this is a -- a very personal song. when you are writing songs that, sort of, have an emotional core to them, is it more difficult because you are writing about yourself, or is it easier
because you are connected to what you are writing about? >> especially this song, i think -- a lot of these songs actually came from poems i was writing. and when you are writing poetry, it's kind of -- it's more -- but i play these funny tricks on myself. there's this self deception that goes on where i'm like, "nobody has to ever read this. just write it down." we won't put it -- certainly won't put it in a song. i certainly won't talk about it on a talk show. >> seth: yeah. [ laughter ] >> but this, kind of, deception goes on and then i -- i write it down. and, so, then it made it in -- it's way into a song and i didn't think it ever would. you know, i didn't think it was something i'd ever say out loud or show to anybody. but the fact that i didn't want to seemed like it was probably important. >> seth: well, i'm so happy you are gonna sing it for us tonight. and it really has just been so lovely having you here. please -- >> thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: please, come back again. florence welch, everybody. "high as hope" is available now and her book will be published on july 10th.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> seth: performing "hunger," give it up for florence + the machine, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh ♪ ♪ ooh ooh ooh ♪ at seventeen and i started to starve myself ♪ ♪ i thought that love was a kind of emptiness but at least i understood then the hunger i felt ♪ ♪ and i didn't have to call it loneliness ♪ ♪ we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger ♪ ♪ but tell me what you need oh you look so free ♪
♪ the way you use your body baby come on and work it for me ♪ ♪ don't let it get you down you're the best thing i've seen ♪ ♪ we never found the answer but we knew one thing ♪ ♪ we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger ♪ ♪ we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger ♪ ♪ and it's friday night and it's kicking in and i can't dress they're gonna crucify me ♪ ♪ oh but you and all your vibrant youth how could anything bad ever happen to you ♪ ♪ you make a fool of death with your beauty and for a moment i thought that love was in the drugs ♪ ♪ but the more i took the more it took away and i could never get enough ♪
♪ i thought that love was on the stage you give yourself to strangers ♪ ♪ you don't have to be afraid ♪ ♪ and then it tries to find a home with people oh and i'm alone ♪ ♪ picking it apart and staring at your phone ♪ ♪ ♪ we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger ♪ ♪ but tell me what you need oh you look so free ♪ ♪ the way you use your body baby come on and work it for me ♪ ♪ don't let it get you down you're the best thing i've seen ♪ ♪ we never found the answer but we knew one thing ♪ ♪ we all have a hunger we all have a hunger
we all have a hunger we all have a hunger ♪ ♪ we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger we all have a hunger ♪ ♪ and it's friday night and it's kicking in and i can't dress they're gonna crucify me oh ♪ ♪ oh but you and all your vibrant youth ♪ ♪ how could anything bad ever happen to you ♪ ♪ you make a fool of death with your beauty and for a moment i forget to worry ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: florence + the machine, everyone. the album "high as hope" is out now. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ you are many different things in one amazing package,
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