Blake Shelton, whose television appearances typically include comical squabbles with fellow judge Adam Levine on The Voice, made a return to the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night (March 19). The country superstar chatted with Fallon about his recently wrapped 15-show Country Music Freaks Tour and hanging with his fellow Voice coaches — throwing it all the way back to New Year’s Eve 2012.
Shelton and newest Voice coach Kelly Clarkson went to watch Levine and his band Maroon 5 play at a casino near Shelton’s Oklahoma residence, where they all partied the night away (and Shelton made fun of Levine, naturally). On the way home, despite having a designated driver, the gang got pulled over — which resulted in a bit of an Adam Levine breakdown.
“Not that we don’t respect the police, but we knew we hadn’t done anything wrong so you can be a little cocky at that point,” Shelton recalls. “Adam didn’t see it that way because Adam is from Los Angeles where you don’t talk back to the police. In Oklahoma, if you’ve got a good point, you do sometimes, you know? And especially Kelly, she was ribbin’ this guy — he had a mustache that wasn’t cool lookin’ — and Adam was convinced we were going to jail, and he got upset… it got intense.”
Fallon brought Shelton back on stage for a head-to-head game of Name That Song Challenge, where house band The Roots performed instrumental versions of pop songs the contestants then must buzz in to guess. Fallon had a strong start of repeatedly winning rounds, and perhaps the most disappointing moment was when Shelton failed to correctly guess one of the biggest hits by his own girlfriend: Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl.”
“You are in so much trouble, dude,” Fallon chuckled as he joined Shelton sitting on the stage in defeat.
Shelton thankfully made a comeback in the final “10,000-point” round, accurately guessing Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose.”
Lastly, Shelton delivered a heartfelt rendition of “I Lived It,” an ode to his childhood and the final track from his new album, Texoma Shore, which is available now.