Late Night Music: 13 Memorable Performances of 2013 (Video)
It was a year of stunts, typically outrageous pop music acts, experimental sets and plenty of solid performances on late night television. As part of 2013's Year In Review, The Hollywood Reporter spotlights a few of the more worthwhile guest appearances that either have faded from memory or were missed the first time they were aired.
Jim James - "A New Life" (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James took the Late Night stage in February to showcase his sparse solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. The LP was a departure from the Southern rock roots of MMJ, but nearly two minutes into "A New Life," a marching band joined in with drums and a familiar groove began. The sound expanded further with the addition of the show's house band, The Roots, backing up the singer's croon.
Kanye West - "Black Skinhead" (Saturday Night Live)
Few details had been known about Yeezus in the lead up to Kanye West's June launch of his latest release. The simple album cover didn't give away what many critics later deemed an abrasive record. But in late May on Saturday Night Live's season finale, the artist took the stage to perform singles "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves," which helped set the tone for the album's promotion. Snarling dogs and a flashing "Not For Sale" sign flickered behind West during "Skinhead" and a close-up projection of eyes looked out at viewers during "New Slaves."
She & Him - "I've Got Your Number, Son" (The Tonight Show)
Now a regular television personality on Fox sitcom New Girl, Zooey Deschanel also revived her musical project with M. Ward in 2013. In June, she brought her tambourine and She & Him bandmate along for a number on The Tonight Show. The duo, along with four backing vocalists and a full band, performed the wistful Beach Boys-inspired "I've Got Your Number, Son" from their May album, Volume 3.
"Jessie and the Rippers" - "Forever" (Late Night With Jimmy Fallon)
One of the most buzzed-about performances on late night this year happened to be the from a fake band. Full House's John Stamos reunited his character's band, "Jesse and the Rippers," to play a nostalgic medley of songs on Jimmy Fallon that included the ballad "Forever." The group rocked out like it they were back in the show's haunt, The Smash Club. There was also a cameo from Full House co-star Bob Saget, who was dancing in the audience.
John Mayer - (Live on Letterman Concert)
With his vocal cord surgery in the rearview mirror and his latest album set for release a day later, John Mayer appeared on a "Live on Letterman" concert on Aug. 19 to showcase his new material. The singer-songwriter displayed a particularly carefree demeanor on the breezy single "Wildfire." Mayer, performing at New York's Ed Sullivan theater, also played the Continuum track "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" and the Born and Raised title "Queen of California."