Bruce Springsteen has, in the words of Tom
Hanks, been singing for us and about us for nearly forty years. But
in that time, has he ever been funny? (The Dancing In The Dark
video doesn't count.) This is not a complaint, but an observation. The
man just doesn't seem to chuckle a lot.
Hence the reason Jimmy
Fallon--a man who does chuckle a lot--was such a brilliant choice to host
The Boss last night on NBC's Late Night. Much has been made lately
about Fallon's "comedy
of joy", but it's the same thing Springsteen has been doing
in-concert for years. They ain't here on business baby,
they're only here for fun. Last night that fun included two performances
from Springsteen's (sort of) new album The Promise (including Save My Love, which is already on its way to becoming
the best Phil Spector song Phil Spector never produced), a
stilted-but-amusing interview segment, and--most memorably--a duet
between Springsteen and Fallon (as Neil Young) on Willow Smith's tween pop anthem Whip
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