Don’t forget to tune into the Colbert Report (Comedy Central, 10:30 PM CST) this Wednesday, December 20th. Chris Funk of The Decemberists will be facing off against Mr. Colbert in a guitar-playing challenge.
Recently, The Decemberists teamed up with MTVU for the “Reanimate the Decemberists” Contest. Fans are asked to use green screen footage of the band playing “O Valencia” off their new album The Crane Wife and animate around them.
Stephen Colbert recently held a similar contest for his fans. When he got wind of The Decemberists’ contest, he counter-challenged his own fans to edit his green screen footage into the “O Valencia” video.
In the best marketing move possible, The Decemberists made a counter-counter challenge, begging Colbert to duel them on guitar.
“We’d like to announce the very first ‘Decemberists vs. Stephen Colbert Guitar Solo Challenge’. Put down the pen, Colbert, and pick up the axe! Let’s see what kind of man you really are — Let’s shred.”
You can see Colbert explain and accept the challenge here.