U2 welcomed Jimmy Fallon as the new host of The Tonight Show on Monday night with two performances during the premiere episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The band and nearly 100 fans gathered at the “Top of the Rock,” the roof of the 70 story GE building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza that houses NBC’s corporate offices and the new Tonight Show studios, to perform their latest single “Invisible” to breathtaking views of the city.
The band then stepped inside and sat down for an interview with Fallon in which he introduced them as “Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton, Bono and The Edge. Our first musical guests, U2.”
Fallon had requested that the band perform an acoustic song in studio before the show ended.
“I always thought if I ever had U2, if I ever had you guys sitting on the couch here with me here, tonight” he said. “I always wanted to see if you would do a song for me, like an acoustic song, just to show everybody that you got the goods. And I was like, ‘Oh man, I’d love to just see if I handed you a microphone and handed you my guitar, to see if you would just…” before the group joked about how spontaneous the moment was since there were instruments hidden behind the couch.
“The Gretsch Company made red guitars. This contributes to the Red campaign. You can have this.”
Fallon asked, “Would you be down for that?”
Bono instantly replied, “Yes! What an idea!” as Fallon handed him the mic and handed The Edge his own personal guitar.
While the band was setting up, Bono reached behind the couch and presented Fallon with a special guitar, “Here’s a present for you. This is–The Gretsch Company made red guitars. This contributes to the Red campaign. You can have this.”
The band then performed their Golden Globe Award-winning single, “Ordinary Love,” with the house band, The Roots.
Monday’s premiere episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon saw the Tonight Show franchise return to New York City after more than two decades in Burbank, CA.
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