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- Posted on Sep 28th 2011 12:30PM by Michael Mehalick
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If this were a competition, however, first prize for best Pink Floyd appreciation would land firmly on Jimmy Fallon's mantle. His 'Late Night' show is currently in the middle of "Pink Floyd Week," featuring interviews with singer/bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason, as well as tributes from some of the music world's biggest bands.
Monday saw recently reunited indie rockers the Shins perform 'Breathe' with little to no deviation from the original recording. James Mercer lent a gentle croon to the rock classic, leading his band through the steady pace and lush textures of David Gilmour's lap steel guitar.
On Tuesday, things were ratcheted up to a new level as Foo Fighters, who may someday warrant their own covers week, took a side role to Roger Waters while ripping through 'In the Flesh.' Dave Grohl and his blue Gibson stood somewhat in the shadows, and the Foos frontman didn't utter as much as a back-up vocal. This allowed Waters to take center stage, with his fierce, upward wail still hitting the highs with a fist clenched defiantly in the air.
MGMT, Dierks Bentley and Pearl Jam, in that order, will all roll out their spins on some of Floyd's largest hits this week. Be sure to tune in and to mail a thank you letter to Fallon's musical guest booker.