Stephen Colbert helped this metal band buy a new van

If you’re a regular watcher of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you might remember a bit back in March when he joked about Donald Trump’s plan to crowdsource a border wall, comparing that to a metal band’s attempt to get a new van.

The group in question is FLAW out of Louisville, Kentucky. Their goal was to gather enough money so they could play at a venue called Spicoli’s in Waterloo, Iowa, a distance of about 550 miles. They were asking for $15,000.

Another mention was made of FLAW’s efforts in May when their campaign sat at $14,003.

Cobert: “FLAW is a real band that had a real GoFundMe page that was really asking for $15,000 for a new tour van. They were only a few thousand dollars short, and after that shout-out from me, you the Late Show community stepped up… and agreed that you don’t care if Flaw needs a van…So I just FLAW a band. And I invited all the members of the band…to come to New York and check out their new wheels.”

And there’s more: Colbert appeared in FLAW’s new video, “Conquer the Climb,” in which the new van features rather prominently.




Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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