Each of those guest artists will pick a song from the Floyd songbook, with the Shins -- in their first TV performance in four years -- kicking it off on September 26th by performing Dark Side's "Breathe" while Mason will sit on Fallon's couch that night. On Tuesday, Waters stops by for an interview and to perform The Wall's "In the Flesh" backed by the Foo Fighters, which is about as epic as a collaboration can get. Wednesday, MGMT bust out the Syd Barrett-era classic "Lucifer Sam," followed the next night by country singer Dierks Bentley and "Wish You Were Here." Finally, Pearl Jam, who just debuted a track called "Ole" on Fallon, will perform "Mother" on Friday, giving America an opportunity to hear Eddie Vedder's rich baritone sing the line, "Mother, do you think they'll try to break my balls?" (Vedder has a strange obsession with singing about balls on Fallon.)
The one downside about Fallon's Floyd Week is that guitarist David Gilmour didn't RSVP, depriving everyone of a repeat performance of this. Between the Floyd-a-thon, the premiere of Nirvana's Live at the Paramount and Radiohead on SNL and Colbert, the next seven days are an unbelievable time for music on TV. Make room on those DVRs.
- Dierks Bentley
- Foo Fighters