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Musical guest Matt Berninger performs a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The National’s lead singer has been promoting his debut solo LP Serpentine Prison, an album that has more to do with interpersonal drama than drug addiction. His decision to cover the pioneering art-rock track might seem strange, but based on The Tonight Show set, it’s as simple as Berninger enjoying the hell out of the tune.

His basso profundo voice is a weak fit for Lou Reed’s tenor melody, and Berninger compensates with one of the most energetic late-night performances of his long career. He swings around the mic stand, gyrates his hips, waves his arms back and forth, and dances across the stage. He doesn’t try to capture a strung-out junkie waiting for the plug, and instead gives way to the overwhelming joy of a perfect song. 

Turning left and ignoring his promo duties for his latest LP, “Serpentine Prison”, Berninger lent his hand to this Velvet Underground classic. The trudging piano and guitar, overdriven and encased in reverb, is euphoric.

In October, Berninger brought the Serpentine Prison cut “One More Second” to Colbert.#

Throwback rock quartet Greta Van Fleet made their Tonight Show debut on July 26th, playing their new single “When The Curtain Falls,” and eliciting a standing ovation from the studio audience.
And while their Tonight Show performance saw the band at the top of their game, a few days later the quartet was forced to cancel their performance at the Panorama Festival due to a persistent hand injury by drummer Daniel Wagner.

“Danny has been playing with injured fingers for the last two weeks, and they have not been able to heal properly,” the band wrote in an official statement. “It has now reached the point where we cannot pick up a drumstick because of it… There’s no greater joy than sharing music, and we are disappointed to miss time spent with you. We promise to make it up to our fans in NYC this year.”

The band is also clear in prioritizing Wagner’s recovery: “It is out top priority for Danny to heal from this injury and be able to play for all of you soon.” Watch the Michigan-based band perform  “When The Curtain Falls” off their untitled sophomore album

Music guest Jack White performs a solo acoustic medley of “Love Is the Truth” and White Stripes’ “You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket” for the Tonight Show audience.
This week has been a rare treat for Jack White fans. Not only did he release his new archival album Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 today, but he took a hiatus from his live hiatus to appear on Jimmy Fallon. He announced a break from the stage in April 2015, and this was just his third live performance since then. Even better, the appearance marked his first-ever televised solo acoustic performance, making it even more special.

White performed an acoustic melody of “Love Is the Truth” (the song he wrote for Coca-Cola) and The White Stripes’ “You’ve Got Her in Your Pocket “. Early on in the performance, White was visibly emotional, even fighting back tears.

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Last night, Tobias Jesso Jr. took to his debut televised performance in the least subdued circumstances possible. Performing with The Roots on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, he showcased his ‘How Could You Babe’ track in magnificent, showy gusto.
Jimmy Fallon is a massive fan. He introduced the performance by saying: “I saw this song on the internet or something, and it just blew my mind. This is one of the coolest of songs, and the newest sounds – I just loved it so much.”

Watch Tobias Jesso Jr. play ‘How Could You Babe’ with The Roots, Debut album ‘Goon’ is released 16th March on True Panther Sounds
he will be performing at the Green Man Festival in August 2015,

The musical guest on the Tonight Show was The War on Drugs. Fallon said their latest album is “Lost In The Dream”, and they performed the song “An Ocean Between the Waves” off of it. The frontman of the group also is a great guitar player. He jammed on the guitar, displaying his virtuosity. The drummer kept up a rapid, steady beat throughout the song. They did a fantastic job, and will likely wow the audiences at Coachella in April.
On this Tuesday night episode of the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, as usual, had some entertaining and cool guests, and he played Box of Lies with the lovely actress, Nicole Kidman. Patton Oswalt talked about his love of movies and how it became a sort of “addiction,” and the musical act, The War on Drugs, wrapped the episode up.