At this point, the best reason to look forward to a new Bruce Springsteen album might be the Springsteen-themed episodes of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that will inevitably follow. Last time around, Springsteen got a whole week on the show, and it included the famous moment where Springsteen and Fallon’s Neil Young impression duetted on “Sexy And I Know It.” Last night, on the same night he released his new High Hopes collection, Springsteen had to settle for Fallon dedicating his entire hour of television to the Boss.
The big premeditated viral moment from last night’s show came when Fallon and Springsteen, both dressed like the ’80s version of Bruce, played a parody of “Born To Run” that called out New Jersey governor (and massive Springsteen fan) Chris Christie for the recent bridge-closure traffic scandal. There was also a moment where Springsteen, answering questions from Twitter users, gave serious thought to the problem of whether he’d rather fight a horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses.
Fallon spent a few segments interviewing Springsteen, and there was lots of thoughtful talk about Springsteen’s origins and about his Miley Cyrus fandom. And Springsteen and his E Street Band — with Tom Morello once again filling in for Little Steven — also played three of the covers from High Hopes: the title track, originally done by Havalinas, as well as the Saints’ “Just Like Fire Would” and the Devlins’ “Heaven’s Wall.” Below, watch the Christie song and the bit about the ducks, as well as an embed of the whole episode, which is really worth watching start-to-finish.
High Hopes is out now on Columbia.