Best Fallon ever. The whole episode was brilliant.
I watched that 5 times in a row. Made of awesome.
Wholehearted agreement with Nancy and Maret. And it gives me strong hopes for the tour.
(Not, y'know, because I think he'll be covering "Sexy and I Know It" every night; because he and the band sounded great, not just on the two new songs but especially on "The E Street Shuffle." And can Tom Morello just become an honorary E-Streeter at this point and join the tour?)
I fully expect "Sexy and I Know It" (and possibly "Party Rock Anthem") to show up as part of Stump the Band on the tour.
The thing that killed me was the sight of Bruce walking out through the curtain with a jacket zipper that you could tell right from the start was stuck; then he tried to slyly struggle with it as he walked over and accepted the crowd's applause, and then just clearly thought to himself, "well, fuck it" and just sat down with the zipper 1/4 of the way up for the first segment; the clip from the break when 2 staffers had to help him get it unstuck was priceless.
Bruce's voice was as great as ever on "E Street Shuffle." When they brought the crowd down, it became a big glorious party I SO wish I could have joined in on. Jimmy on cowbell was classic. I know he was thinking he could have died happy right then. What pure joy.
I wasn't a fan of Jimmy Fallon when he was on SNL, but he's really turned out to be a great late night host.
Setting aside the ability to play the guitar and the harmonica (not sure if he's particulary excelling at either, but good enough)...I find the real talent to be Jimmy's ability to keep a straight face during these performances. He's one of a kind.
This might be a first for Fallon. Keeping a straight face isn't exactly what he'd been known for thus far in his career.
He idolizes Bruce, so I think that had a lot to do with his determination to nail it. Once the Boss came out, the comedy wrote itself. Jimmy didn't have to do anything else.