Don't trust Randy Newman's rumpled-grandfather look.
But those unfamiliar with Newman's work probably weren't expecting the jolt he provided Monday night on "The Tonight Show," where he turned up for a chat with Jimmy Fallon wearing a jacket over an untucked shirt.
A self-professed superfan, Fallon had evidently invited Newman on the show to plug a one-night-only revival of his musical "Faust" at
Yet that performance doesn't take place until July, and the album of Newman's that Fallon held up for the camera (at the moment when a late-night host typically holds up a musical act's new record) was "Live in London," which came out in 2011.
In other words, Fallon appeared simply to be in the mood for a Randy Newman concert, a hankering he now has the wherewithal to satisfy with "The Tonight Show."
So good for him -- and, it turns out, for us!
After a brief interview in which the two discussed Fallon's controversial decision to move the program from Burbank to New York, Newman made his way over to sit in with the Roots for a crazy-fierce rendition of "I Love L.A.," his indelible early '80s hit that begins, don't forget, with a takedown of New York City (in the delicious form of a Rodgers & Hart paraphrase).
The thing rocks so hard that ?uestlove, the Roots' deeply dependable time-keeper, is forced to adjust his signature comb at one point because apparently it was about to fall out.
Have a look below.