'Late Night' to Honor Bruce Springsteen for a Week
NBC announced on Friday that rock icon Bruce Springsteen will be the recipient of a week-long tribute on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," as part of the launch of his new album, "Wrecking Ball."
For the week of Feb. 27-March 2, the music-loving Fallon will make it all about Bruce, beginning on Monday with a pair of performances from Springsteen and the E Street Band. The New Jersey icon will return on Friday, March 2 (Fallon's 3rd anniversary hosting "Late Night") to perform more songs and sit down as the night's only panel guest.
Sandwiched between these Springsteen appearances will be performances by a couple music heavyweights, beginning Tuesday with Kenny Chesney, who is slated to perform the moody "I'm on Fire," off the "Born in the U.S.A." album. On Thursday, Elvis Costello will perform "Brilliant Disguise," from the "Born" followup, "Tunnel of Love."
A special guest for Wednesday will be announced later.
Springsteen's two appearances on "Late Night" will act as his final TV stops in America before he embarks on a world tour beginning March 18 in Atlanta. He opened the Grammys on Feb. 12 with a high-octane performance of "We Take Care of Our Own," the first single off "Wrecking Ball," his 17th studio album.
The weeklong celebration of a single band or artist is a running passion project from "Late Night," which in the past has feted the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley and most recently, Pink Floyd in September.
Springsteen and Fallon have teamed up before, in 2010, when the singer dressed up as a "Born to Run" version of himself to perform with the host (doing his spot-on Neil Young impression). Watch it here.