There have been some memorable musical performances on TV this past week, featuring Bruce Springsteen and Jack White. In case you weren't up late to watch, here are the highlights.
Jimmy Fallon celebrated "Springsteen Week" on his show this past week, with appearances by Bruce and band on two nights, and covers of songs by The Boss done by John Legend and Elvis Costello (videos below).
Springsteen is prepping for the release of "Wrecking Ball,"his latest album with the E Street Band, which comes out Tuesday. Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune and public radio's "Sound Opinions" gives the album a rating of two stars out of four.
(Speaking of live music, you can see a performance of an entirely different kind tonight [Sunday], when WFMU wraps up its 2012 fundraising marathon with a revival of Hoof and Mouth Sinfonia, an event at Maxwell's in Hoboken in which FMU DJs perform karaoke backed by a live band. Admission is only $5. If you can't be there, you can watch it or listen to it live. The festivities begin at 7 p.m.)
Springsteen performs "Jack of All Trades."
Springsteen plays "The E Street Shuffle" with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
John Legend plays "Dancing in the Dark."
Elvis Costello covers Springsteen's "Fire"...
... and "Brilliant Disguise."
Jack White took the stage at the NBC studios last night as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live." His two songs (both from his forthcoming album "Blunderbuss") looked, felt, and sounded completely different, and I liked both of them. The first, "Love Interruption," featured an all-female band and White on acoustic guitar. For the second number, "Sixteen Saltines," White amped up the intensity, ripping it up on electric guitar with a band of sharp-dressed dudes in jackets and ties.
Unfortunately, you'll have to wait a while to get "Blunderbuss;"it doesn't drop until April 24th.
Jack White getting in touch with his more mellow feminine side on "Love Interrupted"...
... and rocking out on "Sixteen Saltines."
That's a pretty good week of rock & roll on TV, I'd say.