The first incarnation of the Late Show began in 1972, when four North Central High School students formed a band. Mark Cutsinger, Kevin Kimberlin, Don Main and Mark Moran performed under the band name Clayburn. They played originals and music from the 1960s.
The musicians moved to New York City in late 1974 and officially became the Late Show. Kimberlin left the band a year later, but stayed in NYC, where he still lives. The band continued to play with the other three core members.
By 1979, the Late Show was back in Indianapolis, Rick Clayton and Scott Fletcher played with them, and Chris Pyle replaced Cutsinger as the drummer.
A popular Indianapolis and regional band, the Late Show often performed at the Patio and the Vogue. Pyle remembers a favorite show in 1982. “We got a last minute gig opening for the Pretenders on their first U.S. tour, in Columbus, Ohio. We took the slot for the exposure and did not know what to expect,” he says. “The place was packed, and no one had any idea who we were. People were going crazy over us. We had to quit playing encores so the Pretenders could take the stage.”
The band underwent a few name changes (Recordio and Rock House) and stopped playing in 1991.
Moran is still playing music. He brought the Late Show back in 2006 (he is the only original member), and the band performs nearly every weekend. Cutsinger is still working full-time as a drummer; he toured and recorded in Europe last autumn. Main owns and manages Puccini’s Smiling Teeth Pizza. Pyle is a session drummer, plays with several bands and is a nationally acclaimed illustrator.