Fallon is known for his impersonations of famed musicians like Bruce Springsteen. His Neil Young always seemed pretty good.
But next to the actual rocker last night, Fallon’s voice paled compared with the gravely-toned tenor, who has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music.
The spot opened with Fallon singing a rendition of Young’s classic “Old Man.” He was dressed just like his idol in a tan jacket, plaid shirt and a Stetson pulled low over his forehead.
Fallon has usually employed his Neil Young impersonation for comic routines, singing totally uncharacteristic songs like Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair.”
Last night though, Fallon was in full tribute mode to the 69-year-old rocker with a moving if slightly tinny-voiced performance. Young’s voice rang out like a bell in comparison.
Young has long been an environmentalist and advocate of small farmers. In 1985, he co-founded Farm Aid, a benefit concert that has raised millions of dollars to support family farms.
Last night, he debuted, with backup from the Roots, his latest song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” a power ballad calling on people to become more active in social issues.
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