This was weird, but also weirdly brilliant
Jimmy Fallon reached deep into his bag of nostalgia on Wednesday night and pulled out an off-beat gem.
Major stars have been stopping by the “Tonight Show” for Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame week — the induction ceremony in Cleveland is this weekend — and the midweek edition of the 11:35 pm hour included the surviving members of Nirvana and Stevie Nicks. Fallon refrained from impersonating Kurt Cobain — probably a good choice, given the context — but did throw on a blond wig to complete his transformation into another musical icon: Tom Petty.
Now, everyone loves Tom Petty, but how is he relevant to Nicks and Nirvana? Well, he’s no grunge singer, but he did record a single with Nicks in 1981 called “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” the music video for which Fallon-as-Petty and Nicks (now 33 years older but still a star) reenacted in its entirety. Shot-for-shot. Which is, well, very impressive dedication to detail given that Fallon’s audience most likely had to Google the original video in the first place.
Public service: You don’t have to Google the original, as we’ve helpfully embedded it below: