last night on late night
If Jimmy Fallon can't have U2 on The Tonight Show this week, he'll settle for a cover band. Bono's injured arm prevented the Irish band from performing in residency this week, and on Monday night, Fallon put on a Bono outfit, grabbed a guitar, and did an impressive performance of "Desire" with his own house band, The Roots.
It's a lively rendition, but a little disconcerting: Fallon, 40, is halfway between Bono's age (28) when the album Rattle and Hum came out — "Desire" was the first single — and his age now (54). So the audience got an All That You Can't Leave Behind Bono lookalike performing a Joshua Tree-era song in a Songs of Innocence outfit. Bravo. --Peter Weber