As if having the one and only Pee Wee Herman on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon wasn’t enough to get you to tune in to the show last night, yesterday’s installment of the show also featured a musical performance from Ben Folds. If you don’t already know, Folds recently teamed up with acclaimed English novelist Nick Hornby (who was on hand to introduce the performance) for Lonely Avenue, an album which features music and vocals from Folds and lyrics from the 53-year-old author of numerous classics, including High Fidelity.
The duo hit the stage at NBC’s studio 6B and performed a synth-ed out, harmony laden, rocking version of “Saskia Hamilton”. The song has lyrics that find Folds singing about falling in love with the famed American poet despite only “seeing her name on a spine.” The lyrics themselves are awesome, but the energy from Folds and his band make the performance unforgettable. They even throw in Herman’s “secret word” for kicks.
Check it out below, then catch Folds on the road at one of the tour dates listed below. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com.
Ben Folds 2010 Tour Dates:
11/05 – Chicago, IL @ The Riviera
11/06 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
11/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Orbit Room
11/08 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
11/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
11/12 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
11/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/17 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater
11/18 – Montclair, NJ @ Welmont Theatre
11/20 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
11/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
11/27 – Nashville, TN @ Tennessee Performing Arts Center