This has already made the viral rounds on the interwebs, but I just loved it SO much that I had to post it here.
I’ve seen Jimmy Fallon do his Neil Young impersonation before, and it really is uncanny and well done. (Although, I would point out, music and guitar geek that I am, that Neil Young ALWAYS played Martin acoustic guitars, not Gibsons like the one that Jimmy’s playing.)
And yet this latest bit includes another impersonation of sorts — Bruce Springsteen dressed up to look like himself circa 1975 — an impersonation that strikes real personal. You can’t grow up in New Jersey, like I did, when I did, and not have a strong connection to Bruce Springsteen. Oh, you might not be the biggest fan, you might even hate the guy and his music, but he’s a New Jersey icon, the airwaves were saturated with him, and in the summer before I entered high school, Carol Miller, a DJ at WPLJ in New York City, waged a campaign to make Springsteen’s Born To Run the official state song of New Jersey. (Funny, if you consider the lyrics, which include: “Baby this town rips the bones from your back, its a death trap, a suicide rap, we gotta get out while were young”.)
Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, Neil Young, sort of, and Bruce Springsteen!