Congratulations Jimmy Fallon. You win.
Perhaps it’s misguided loyalty to Conan O’Brien. Perhaps it’s because he’s a grown man who still calls himself Jimmy. Whatever the reason, I’ve spent the last two years actively avoiding Jimmy Fallon’s late night show on NBC. But the self-amused doofus has finally given me a reason for tuning in:
Pink Floyd week.
In a continuing trend that began with tribute weeks for the Rolling Stones and Bob Marley, Fallon plans to honor the pioneers of psychedelic rock with five special musical performances this week. He’ll even have Roger Waters and Nick Mason on the show so he can nod and smile while they plug the upcoming release of their new Pink Floyd box set. All narcissism aside, however, the week’s performances look, for the most part, pretty good.
Monday: The Shins, in their first televised performance in four years, perform “Breathe.” Honestly, I have no idea what to expect from this. I didn’t know The Shins were still making music. I figured they were holed up with Zach Braff somewhere writing in their diaries and talking about how much life sucks.
Tuesday: Roger Waters stops by to play “In The Flesh” with Foo Fighters. Grohl and Co. just released a roaring new album in a (successful) attempt to prove that they can still rock with the best of them. Well Roger Waters is the best of them. Expect big things.
Wednesday: MGMT, in a rare TV performance, plays “Lucifer Sam,” off the 1967 album, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” Leave it to MGMT to pick a song only Floyd fanatics are familiar with. But what else can you expect from a duo that so desperately longs to be misunderstood? Ultimately, MGMT is the most fitting choice for almost any Pink Floyd cover.
Thursday: Dierks Bentley sings “Wish You Were Here.” There are very few musicians who could do justice to this song. Dierks Bentley is not one of them.
Friday: Pearl Jam covers “Mother.” Eddie, I think they’ll like this song.
So, yes, Jimmy, I will tune into your show this week. I will tolerate your inevitable Wizard-of-Oz-stoner jokes. I will feign amusement when you introduce Roger Waters while wearing a Dark Side of the Moon t-shirt. I may even watch a monologue or two. But after this, it’s back to late-night reruns of Futurama. Call me when it’s time for Grateful Dead week.