Tracy Chapman delivered her first TV performance in years with a rendition of “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” on Late Night With Seth Meyers Monday, November 2nd.
The singer-songwriter sent in a straightforward clip of her performing the song in front of a black curtain. Although the track off Chapman’s 1988 debut remains as timeless as ever, the singer tweaked the final chorus to make it even more timely the night before the 2020 elections: “It’s finally the tables are starting to turn/Talkin’ bout a revolution, oh no/Talkin’ bout a revolution, oh no/Talkin’ bout a revolution, go vote.” Chapman then moved away from her microphone to reveal a small “Vote” sign.
While Chapman rarely makes television appearances, she released a statement ahead of her Late Night performance, saying, “This is the most important election of our lifetime. It is imperative that everyone vote to restore our democracy.”
Seth Meyers added: “I’ve always thought Tracy Chapman’s music skips your ears and goes straight to your heart. I’m so honored and excited to have her on the show. She’s living proof you can be a great artist while also speaking out for what you believe in.”
The “Meyers” performance marked Chapman’s first major television performance since her spot on the final season of “The Late Show With David Letterman” in 2015.