We’ve seen him impersonate Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and the Boss with uncanny accuracy. On his show Friday night, Jimmy Fallon debuted his latest classic-rock icon: Jim Morrison. He fronted a Doors tribute band through, as always, a brilliant novelty cover: the theme from Reading Rainbow.
We’ve seen Friday reimagined as a dark narrative about loneliness. We’ve seen it parodied in songs like Thursday. We’ve even seen it played by an orchestra. Leave it to Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon to pay homage by doing the craziest thing of all: adding more fun.
The back story is slightly complicated, but the important thing is that Fallon’s fans were able to raise $26,000 for charity, forcing Colbert to come on the show and sing the maligned Rebecca Black “song.” Colbert starts by crooning alone, on a pitch black stage, his voice choked with emotion. This is the performance one might expect – as it seems completely unexpected. Of course Colbert would come on the show and totally make fun of the song by turning it into a broken-hearted, country-tinged love song.
After Jimmy Fallon’s Neil Young impression earned him a duet with Bruce Sprinsgteen, it seemed there was nowhere else for him to go with it. Instead of rehashing the Young, then, Fallon debuted a new impression for his latest novelty cover: Bob Dylan. Filmed in the grainy black-and-white style of Dylan doc Don’t Look Back, the clip shows Fallon can keep a straight face on an impression far better than he ever did on Saturday Night Live.
Not too long ago, late night star Jimmy Fallon covered Bruce Springsteen. Now he’s back with one better: covering…with Bruce Springsteen. Yes, as Fallon reprises his Harvest-era Neil Young impersonation, the Boss himself (the real one) comes aboard to cover, of all things, Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.” Willow, the 10-year old daughter of actor, rapper, and Fresh Prince Will Smith, is topping the charts with her latest single, which inspired a folk rendition last night from these grown men.
Springsteen was on the show promoting The Promise: The Darkness On the Edge of Town Story and had some fun providing back up vocals for Jimmy while sporting his 1978 look courtesy of a messy wig and taped-on beard. Jimmy Fallon’s Neil Young impersonation is spot on, further proving he can sing whatever he wants and we’ll love it. Still, covering a 10-year old girl is a lot cooler when you have Bruce Springsteen accompanying you.
Recently we’ve seen quite a few Roots posts (1, 2, 3). We’ve also seen some Jimmy Fallon. We haven’t yet posted the two together though (funny, given that they hang out five nights a week). Well now we can. They’ve even brought along Justin Timberlake, the best third wheel ever.
The trio (Timberlake, Fallon, Roots) takes us through a four-minute medley of rap hits from yesterday and today on last night’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It starts with the Sugarhill Gang and ends with Jay-Z (“Empire State of Mind”). In between they tackle Eminem, Tupac, Kanye, Soulja Boy – well, pretty much everyone. Even the Roots’ own “The Seed 2.0” gets the Timb-Fall treatment.