The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is one of those late night shows that always seems to be an event like no other. With every episode made to watch repeatedly on Youtube and clips worth sharing to one’s closet friend with subject lines, “you gotta watch this.” The Tonight Show also features some memorable music performances like in the case of last night. In last night’s show, it was one of those performance moments that is worth repeating.
During the show, Jimmy Fallon introduced the musical guest, bassist Thundercat who was joined together by friends Michael McDonald, a five time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter and Kenny Loggins. The trio gathered on stage together to perform the trio’s hit single “Show You The Way,” from Thundercat’s critically acclaimed new album, Drunk. The silky performance, done with the lights down low, featured Thundercat with his white sandals and shorts that matched his newly dyed red hair. In between the bassist was two yacht rock icons who as the song continued got some big cheers from the audience.
This wasn’t the first performance of “Show You The Way” by the trio. During Thundercat’s performance at this year’s Coachella, McDonald surprised fans by appearing alongside Thundercat to perform the song. His unannounced appearance was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the “10 best performances” at the festival. The Guardian called the performance “a perfect moment in a set that contained slick highs.” Billboard noted “Who thought that in 2017, 65-year old Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald would bring down the house at Coachella?”
To watch the Coachella performance, take a look here.
Michael McDonald’s career has spanned over 40 years and has left a lasting impression in popular music. With his solo works and his time spent part of the Doobie Brothers, McDonald has a history of making real music. McDonald’s follow up to his collaboration with Thundercat will be in the shape of his new album, Wide Open which is set to be released on September 15 via BMG. The album marks McDonald’s first album of original material in the past 17 years and will be comprised of material written over a course of multiple years and in between projects.
The album, Wide Open, will feature special guests such as Warren Haynes, Robben Ford, Marcus Miller and Branford Marsalis. comprised of material written over a number of years and during in-between projects. McDonald will celebrate the release in a performance of PBS’s Soundstage which features a performance of Wide Open by McDonald. Soundstage will air sometime in the fall. Beside the PBS performance, McDonald is scheduled to tour extensively throughout the summer and fall.
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