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The Sheepdogs Make Their Triumphant Return to 'Fallon'

Cover contest winners rock 'Late Night' tonight

August 2, 2011 2:50 PM ET
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The Sheepdogs in New York City, 2011.
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The Sheepdogs will begin their victory lap tonight on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they will be introduced as the winners of the Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone contest. In addition to chatting with Fallon about winning the big prize, the boogie rockers from Saskatoon will also perform at the end of the program.

Photos: How the Sheepdogs Became Rock Stars

The last time the 'Dogs stopped by Late Night, they were game for a very amusing Battle of the Bands in which they faced off against runner-up Lelia Broussard in a contest to write the best song about a member of the show's studio audience. The guys may end up doing something even sillier this time around, so tune in to NBC at 12:35 a.m. to see what happens.

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