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Watch: Nick Cave and his Grindermen bring “Mickey Mouse” to Fallon

on November 16, 2010, 10:40am

Despite guest spots by Quincy Jones and even Mr. Harry Potter himself, the real wizards on last night’s installment of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon were Nick Cave and his own merry men – aka Grinderman. The 53-year-old Cave was the only member of his band without a beard, but he didn’t need gristly facial hair to make his presence known. Clutching his jet-black telecaster, Cave – along with guitarist Warren Ellis – forcefully delivered “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man” from the band’s second studio effort – Grinderman 2.

The pair created a swirling mess of feedback on the album’s leadoff track while Jim Sclavunous made a mighty noise behind the drum kit.  A few bearded bards swayed two and fro in the audience and the Grindermen even converted a few girls who looked confused as hell when the band first took the stage. The ladies may have been a bit appalled by the lyric, “We sucked her/and sucked her dry/he kissed me and said goodbye,” but the most memorable part of the performance was Cave’s howl at the 38:43 minute mark.

You can check it all out below (the performance begins at the 35:30 minute mark), and if you like what you see, then catch the band at one of the last shows of their winter tour. They play in the nation’s capital tonight and have nine dates after that. Tour dates are listed below the video, and tickets are available at SeatGeek.com.

Grinderman 2010 Tour Dates:
11/16 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
11/19 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
11/20 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
11/22 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
11/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
11/27 – Seattle, WA @ King Cat Theater
11/29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
12/01 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blue

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