Neil Young will be doing more than performing songs from his new album, "A Letter Home," with co-producer Jack White tonight (May 12) on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." The two plan to recreate the recording process of the 11-track album, which Young made using a 1947 Voice-O-Graph vinyl recording booth at White's Third Man Studios in Nashville.
Young tells us that,
Neil Young on his upcoming performance on The Tonight Show by GMI Rock News
"We're going down the mechanical experimentation on television tour, which is gonna be good. We've taken the box, so the box'll be on TV and I'll be in the booth recording and we'll be playing it back and it'll be interesting... I haven't figured out what songs I'm gonna do. There's three songs on the album that are 2.20 or less, so I'll probably do one of those, at least, and maybe if I can find another one. But I like the songs on the album. They're resonating in my life right now, so I'll probably do those. But I don't even know if I'm doing one or two songs."
Young also joked about putting Fallon's house band, the Roots, into the booth:
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"That'd be good, probably get 'em all in there...I think we could get 'em in. I'll try. I'll have them all do the first song in the booth; they should all go in, and I'll come out later. It'll be very room after they've been in there."
Young and White are also expected to sit for an interview with Fallon about the unique project, which was released on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 19. Meanwhile, a special deluxe box set for "A Letter Home" is coming out May 27 containing both vinyl and CD copies of the album, seven vinyl singles, a DVD documentary about making the album and more. Young will be plugging back in this summer for a European tour with Crazy Horse that kicks off July 7 in Reykjavik, Iceland.