Riding the wave of the Golden Globe-winning, Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love," as well as new single "Invisible," U2 showed up to play Jimmy Fallon's inaugural gig as host of The Tonight Show last night. They played "Invisible" on the roof of 30 Rock before heading down onto the indoor stage for an interview and an acoustic performance of "Ordinary Love." Watch it all below.
U2 "Invisible" on Jimmy Fallon 2.17.2014
U2 Interview and "Ordinary Love" on Jimmy Fallon 2.17.2014
Backed by members of the Rutgers marching band, U2's rooftop performance was just just a the sun was setting over Manhattan, resulting in the most picturesque late night TV performance in recent memory. It recalled the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' vertigo-defying video for "Despair" from last year, the first music video to ever be shot atop the Empire State Building. Tearing through an energetic rendition of "Invisible," the band showed why they've been one of the biggest bands in the world for the last few decades -- raw, emotional talent.
Sitting down with Fallon afterwards, U2 discussed their highest gigs (mostly in terms of altitude, though some cheeky references to bassist Adam Clayton's former drug use were made), "going Hollywood" with their music, and how Bono can craft an emotionally impacting speech about anything. The frontman gifted Fallon a guitar emblazoned with the logo of his HIV/AIDS relief charity, (RED), and after a brief "Stairway To Heaven" gag by The Edge, U2 launched into an acoustic rendition of "Ordinary Love." The song, taken from the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, features a sterling melody and lyrics about loving mankind. Towards the end of the performance, Bono changed the words "ordinary love" to "Questlove," prompting the Roots to come out and join the band for the remainder of the song. It was a performance fit for Fallon's debut, which is sure to produce many more memorable musical moments in the coming months.
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