After delivering an epic Super Bowl Halftime Show on Feb. 4, Justin Timberlake stopped by his good friend Jimmy Fallon’s special edition of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” which aired live from the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis after the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl LII. The “Man of the Woods” singer chatted about his Big Game performance and discussed his Prince tribute, dubbing the late music legend “the pinnacle of musicianship” and “his favorite artist of all time.”
This pair of good pals can rarely get through a conversation without cracking up and effectively causing the audience to erupt into laughter as well. First, Timberlake confessed that flipping the mic is a “nervous tic” during live performances. Then, Fallon rolled a hilarious blooper reel of their perfectly-synced Songversation sketch that aired for the live and viewing audience. After the funny clip aired and everyone stopped laughing, Fallon switched gears to talk about Timberlake’s Prince “moment” during his career-spanning, hit-filled Super Bowl Halftime Show.
The entire stadium and surrounding buildings lit up in purple as Timberlake sat behind a white piano, next to a giant screen filled with Prince’s projected image. It was a remarkable sight, as Prince’s symbol was slowly revealed across the city, and Timberlake seemed at times to "sing along" with the Minnesota native music superstar. The “Mirrors” singer talked about his goal for the tribute saying, “He’s such a special thing here, aside from what he is all over the world. I just felt like I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider to be the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) of musicians.”
Timberlake went on to explain how they got the vocal stems from Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” recording as well as uncut footage from his performance of the song from “Purple Rain” and somehow, he added, “by the grace of probably Prince looking down on us, it synced up. It was this crazy serendipitous moment." The former *NSYNC front man and multiple Grammy winner was stoked when Questlove confirmed his approval of the tribute by saying, “It was dope” and Fallon concurred.
Fallon shifted the subject again to highlight Timberlake’s busy week, with the Feb. 2 release of his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods and his 37th birthday on Jan. 31, both leading into his Super Bowl LII Halftime Show. In the album trailer, Timberlake said the album is inspired by his son, his wife and his family and more than any album he’s written, where he’s from.
Watch Justin Timberlake’s discussion with Jimmy Fallon in the video clip above and their hilarious Songversation video below. Timberlake is touring to support Man of the Woods in 2018. Click here to to browse AXS for tickets to select Justin Timberlake dates.