Wow. Please tell me that someone was watching last week. Broken Social Scene just took the cake for best late night performance thus far this year, but they almost lost that award only two nights later to The Roots ft. Yim Yames. They can be viewed here and here, respectively, in case you missed them. Either way, Jimmy Fallon’s show seemed to be the place to be last week.
This week – different story. All eyes are on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theatre to see what tricks Jay-Z and Eminem have up their sleeves for Letterman. No incredibly solid reports have been made, but Jay was slated to play on top of the Marquee at the Ed Sullivan tonight, and then Em was added to the show, but word was it all was canceled for fear of excessive rowdiness (because hip hop makes everyone violent, so says your parents). These photos (via Gothamist) taken earlier today indicate that a cancellation wasn’t enough to stop the Jiggaman and Slim Shady. Something’s going down. Keep in mind that the two haven’t collaborated on any real material since their Blueprint track “Renegade”, so what they’ll be playing is anyone’s guess. However, keep your eyes and ears peeled, and we’ll do the same because that’s kind of what we do for a living. UPDATE: The unbelievable duo took to the stage for a three song set: Eminem’s “Not Afraid” from his latest, Recovery, Jay’s “On To The Next One” From The Blueprint 3, and Blueprint track “Renegade” (called it!). The show, or some portion of the show, is slated to air on Friday night’s episode of Letterman.
As for this week, it’s looking as good as any: the ever-impressive Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, MGMT’s walking disaster, some faux-Sublime, and a double helping of Drake will make for some interesting viewing. Don’t worry guys, you can thank Drake later. No immediate thanks are necessary. Oh, and Macy Gray and Herbie Hancock are both still alive and playing music, apparently. Thought you ought to know.
Heres your Late Night Lobotomy.
Thanks for nothing, Craig.
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Stay tuned, folks!