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Late-Night TV Music (Ringo Rules Edition) | Sept. 24, 2019

The Fab drummer drops in on Fallon to show his old bandmate how it's done.


You can always count on Ringo. One day after former bandmate Paul McCartney showed up for a lengthy but mostly unremarkable interview on the late-night TV scene, our pal Richard Starkey — that’s Ringo Starr to you — effortlessly upstaged him by dropping in on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform a charming version of Yellow Submarine on classroom instruments with the help of J.Fa, The Roots and some colourfully Beatlesque animation. To borrow a line from Fallon, that’s how you do it. And while it’s tough to compete with that, the rest of Tuesday’s televised acts gave it their best shot. First, Mark Ronson and vocalist Yebba took their broken hearts to the dance floor with Don’t Leave Me Lonely a little later on Fallon. Then Morgan Wallen — whose glorious mullet, sleeveless western shirt and hayseed accent make him seem more like a sketch-show parody of a country singer than the real thing — donned his Whiskey Glasses for Jimmy Kimmel Live’s outdoor crowd (and served up another 18 minutes of unaired footage). Speaking of Kimmel, his people didn’t share Cage the Elephant’s Monday-night performances of Social Cues and Read to Let Go until late in the day, so I’m including them here — if only so you can witness frontman Matt Schultz‘s entertainingly weird stage presence. Granted, he’s no Ringo. Still, points for trying.