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See Michael J. Fox, Dave Matthews Band Cover ‘All Along the Watchtower’

Actor straps on guitar to shred classic rock staple for charity

Michael J. Fox took the opportunity during a recent annual benefit for his foundation to pull out his electric guitar and join Dave Matthews Band during a slow-burn cover of “All Along the Watchtower.”

Matthews and Co. are longtime fans of “Watchtower,” which was first written and recorded by Bob Dylan and quickly became a classic rock staple. Matthews’ rendition has appeared on several of the band’s live albums.

But they’ve never played it with Fox. The actor kept his eyes on his guitar, playing lean, choppy rhythm parts and taking center stage several times for a spidery solo. 

This is not the first time Fox has taken the stage with a famous band this year. In July, he performed the Penguins’ “Earth Angel” and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” – both of which Fox played years before in the movie Back to the Future – with Coldplay in New Jersey.

The benefit, titled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s: An Evening of Comedy & Music,” raised approximately $5.7 million. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991 and started his Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2000. “It’s grown in amazing ways with the amount of people in the greater Parkinson’s community – and outside of it – who come out and support us,” Fox noted before Saturday’s benefit. “It’s humbling every year.”


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