Colbert hosts 12-year-old guitar whiz
Brandon Niederauer, the 12-year-old guitar prodigy from the “School of Rock” cast, at a rehearsal for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Axe — and you shall receive.
Brandon Niederauer, a young guitar whiz, just added jamming with “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” band on Thursday to his expanding resume.
“It is the coolest thing,” he says.
And this is a 12-year-old who knows what’s cool.
Being in the Broadway cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “School of Rock” definitely makes the grade. The musical’s based on a 2003 film that sparked this pint-sized plucker’s interest in music.
Lady Gaga was a lot calmer and less weird than I expected
“My dad bought me a cheap guitar,” says Niederauer. Four years later, he’s rocking out with a D’Angeleco guitar, which he calls “top-notch.”
When he’s not on stage or in school, he takes private guitar lessons. “The key to success,” he says, “is that you have to love guitar. And practice.”
That attitude helps explains why this Long Islander, who now lives in Manhattan, has been on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and strummed alongside Lady Gaga when she performed the jazzy love song “Blue Bossa.”
“Lady Gaga was a lot calmer and less weird than I expected from all the press about her,” he said. “She was really nice.”
“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert
Music is a small world. The Gaga gig came through networking, as did his guest appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show. “The Late Show” bandleader Jon Batiste has mentored the young prodigy.
When Webber was booked for the show on Thursday, Niederauer’s name came up as a possible musical guest.
Niederauer was wowed about playing on the Ed Sullivan Theater stage, where the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other greats made music.
Best of all, the show that taped in the early evening Thursday was another chance to rock out with his axe.
“Everything that has to do with guitar,” he says, “is amazing.”