Hopefully the world isn’t too wearied by the nineteenth Monday of the year to appreciate the archaic/historic event happening on Fallon tonight. That statement might be as overblown as the Jay-Z/Knowles elevator theories stuffing our Twitter accounts, but what can I say?
We’re jazzed because Jack White, famous rock dude and owner of Nashville’s Third Man Records, and Neil Young, famous rock dude who paved the way for axemen like Jack White, are playing together on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
This isn’t particularly surprising, as Neil recorded his latest record A Letter Home at Third Man Records (on which Jack makes two cameos). What is surprising is that you’ll be able to relive the performance time and time again, though not through the magic of YouTube. You’ll have to dust off the gramophone, because Jack’s recording tonight’s performance on vinyl.
In true Jay-Z style, the artists have one take because Jack will be pressing vinyl of the performance as it occurs. It’s actually how Jack makes most of the records in the 1940s-esque Third Man recording booth.
So be sure to tune in tonight to see how music’s made in Music City. Until then, enjoy this clip of Neil Young playing “Needle of Death” at Third Man Records, courtesy of Neil Young’s YouTube channel.