UPDATE (5/12): Acording to Jimmy Fallon, Young and White will press Monday’s performance on vinyl. “Making history tonight,” Fallon tweeted. “Neil Young is going to perform and press a vinyl with the help of Jack White live on the show. One take. Fun.”
The Monday, May 12th installment of The Tonight Show could be the late-night event of 2014. Jimmy Fallon and company will welcome two musical icons, Neil Young and Jack White, along with comedy titan Louis C.K. The show’s Twitter account confirmed the lineup Friday afternoon, conjuring memories of Fallon’s incredible Young impersonations over the years.
Consequence of Sound reports that Young and White will do a Q&A segment together to promote Young’s new Third Man Records LP, A Letter Home, and that Young will perform. (It’s safe to say everyone’s hoping White – and possibly even Fallon – will join in for an epic supergroup jam.) The May 12th episode airs at 11:35 p.m. EST on NBC. For a trip down memory lane, revisit Fallon’s gut-busting, Young-styled rendition of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.
In a statement on the Third Man website, A Letter Home was described as “an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology (that) captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever.” The extent to which White was involved in the project remains unclear.
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Meanwhile, White has created a wacky, inventive “Ultra” vinyl version of his upcoming studio album, Lazaretto, which will feature a pair of hidden tracks pressed underneath the center label of both sides. The LP is due out June 10th on Columbia and Third Man Records.