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eagles, game is played indoors in that beautiful new vikings stadium. all set to go. of course you can watch the super bowl here on nbc bay area, february 4, kickoff at 3:30. rooting for patriots or eagles? >> not going to reveal that. >> before the game? >> i may or may not. not going to tell you yet. >> rooting for eagles. tomorrow morning be dry when we wake up? >> some showers in north bay and coast. heavier rain in afternoon. >> go philly. good night. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> steve: from studio 6b in rockefeller center in the heart of new york city, it's "the tonight show starring jimmy fallon." tonight, join jimmy and his guests -- alex rodriguez. taylor kitsch. clive davis. musical guests bebe rexha
featuring florida georgia line. and the legendary roots crew. >> questlove: 808. 808. >> steve: and now, here he is, jimmy fallon! ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that's what i'm talking about. that is a hot crowd. that is a hot new york city crowd right there, ladies and gentlemen. [ cheers and applause ] that's what we get. welcome. welcome to "the tonight show." i'm so happy you're here, you guys. here's what people are talking about. i saw that today a white house
adviser compared president trump to houdini. [ laughter ] because, quote, "if you keep him in a cage, he's going to get out." [ laughter ] when asked how he knows that, he said, "because we put him in a cage and he got out." [ laughter ] [ cheers and applause ] he said, "trump's like houdini." if you think about it, trump is a pretty good magician, 'cause in the past year he sawed his approval rating in half and made everyone who worked for him disappear. [ laughter and applause ] not bad. i'll give you that. in the meantime trump keeps demanding money for his border wall, even though there are limited funds. trump is like that couple on "house hunters" who wants a a five-bedroom mansion on a a $70,000 budget. [ laughter ] "and it has to have marble countertops. that is a must, i won't even look at it." [ laughter ] still, the white house is calling the deal that reopened the government a win for republicans and a loss for senator chuck schumer.
well, we actually got ahold of schumer, and here's what he had to say. first he said, "this was a a temporary deal to get the government up and running again." then he said, "mitch mcconnell promised me that we will talk about d.a.c.a. then he said, "we didn't cave and we'll continue fighting for the american people." and then he said, "it'sh not sho hard to shee that republicans won't negotiate, certainly." [ laughter ] and finally his necklace said, "dude, i'm actually a pair of glasses." [ laughter and applause ] it just kept going -- falling as he was -- meanwhile the white house announced new restrictions on washing machines imported to the u.s. it's partially to protect consumers, mainly because trump was eating too many tide pods. [ laughter ] don't do that, don't do that. [ applause ] i saw that melania was supposed to go to switzerland with donald this week, but is backing out due to, quote, "logistical issues." it turns out melania uses a lot of different excuses to get out of things with her husband. she even has her own excuse
generator to come up with them. i'll show you how it works. for example, when donald asks, "do you want to join me at a a campaign fundraiser?" she says -- [ computer calculating ] [ laughter ] "unfortunately i'm actually attending a fundraiser for oprah." [ cheers and applause ] >> steve: it works. >> jimmy: you see how it works? next up, when donald asks, "do you want to watch the super bowl with me?" she says -- [ computer calculating ] "i totally would, but there's a a government shutdown in my mind." [ laughter and applause ] >> steve: wow. >> jimmy: and finally, when donald asks, "do you want to have dinner with the british ambassador?" she says -- [ computer calculating ] "i can't, i have an appointment to take our dog to the vet right after i buy us a dog." well, that's interesting. you don't have a dog. hey, oscar nominees were announced today, you guys. the nominees -- [ cheers and applause ] that's exciting. nominees for best picture include "ladybird," "get out," and "the shape of water." [ cheers and applause ] while the favorite for "worst picture" is still this.
oh, that's unfortunate. [ laughter and applause ] hey, this is cool. the history channel show "pawn stars" is celebrating its 500th episode. to celebrate, the network gave the producers gold watches, which they immediately knew were fake. [ laughter and applause ] finally, i saw that a grocery store in scotland had to let an employee go for not being helpful enough to customers. but it's kind of an odd story. take a look at this video. >> a robot named fabio was recently given his rolling papers from a scottish grocery store after he failed at, well, being human. he allegedly would not listen to directions and had often directed people to the alcohol aisle when it didn't know how to answer a customer. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: the good news is, when they heard he wasn't helping anyone, he was immediately hired by home depot. there you go. we have a great show tonight. give it up for the roots, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪
[ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: thank you very much, everybody. very quickly i want to say thank you to the wwe. yesterday i went and saw raw. 25. you were there? i remember you, yeah! [ laughter ] that was great, wasn't it? >> it was awesome. i was actually at the manhattan center. >> jimmy: oh, no, you had to be at the brooklyn one. that was the one to be at. [ laughter ] i was at the one -- there was one in manhattan center and there was one in brooklyn. we went down and we had so much fun. it is unbelievable. there's not a dull moment. even when they go to commercial, something is happening at the place. people screaming, booing, clapping. it was so much fun. i mean, i like booing just as much as -- >> steve: you like that. >> jimmy: i got a couple of boos in there, it was fantastic. someone tried to pick a fight with me. >> steve: i love booze. >> jimmy: what's up? >> steve: i love booze. [ laughter ] that's what you're talking about, right? >> jimmy: how's everything at home? everything okay? >> steve: not well. [ laughter ] been sleeping on the couch. >> jimmy: i want to thank the wwe again for having me and taking good care of me. [ cheers and applause ] all the fans made me feel good.
we have a fun show tonight. he is one of the greatest players in major league history and one of the stars of the current season of "shark tank." alex rodriguez is here! >> steve: yeah! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: alex rodriguez! that's my man. alex and i are going to catch up. then he and i are going to face off in a hitting contest -- [ audience oohs ] -- against a 22-month-old kid from georgia. [ laughter ] you're going to want to see this kid hit the ball. plus, from the new tv series "waco," taylor kitsch is stopping by. >> steve: oh! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: plays david koresh. and he's the biggest music executive of the past 50 years. there's a new documentary about him called "clive davis: the soundtrack of our lives." the legendary clive davis is on our show tonight. [ cheers and applause ] the one and only. keeping it going, we've got great, great, great music tonight, bebe rexha and florida georgia line! [ cheers and applause ]
that's a show right there. guys, it is january, it is the new year. and it's a great time to start some good habits like reading. but i don't want you to guys to read any duds. so to help you out, i'm about to show you some books that you should avoid at all costs. that's right, it's time for my latest installment of my "do not read list." here we go. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ do not read do not read do not read these books these books ♪ ♪ >> jimmy: now, before we start, i want you all to know that every book i'm about to show you is 100% real. these are actual books. you can find them on amazon or check them out at your local library. they are real. all right. let's see what's on my "do not read list." this first one is a nature book. >> steve: oh, i love nature. >> jimmy: yeah, this is called "the secret life of clams, mysteries and magic of our favorite shellfish." [ laughter ] let's see -- spoiler alert, see what one of these secrets are. "elvis recorded a song called 'do the clam' in 1965." not so much of a secret, more clam trivia.
>> steve: nobody is keeping that a secret. >> jimmy: like a clam trivia book. >> steve: don't let anybody know! >> jimmy: let's see what this -- chapter seven here says, "invite me to your next cocktail party and i can assure you i will not discuss bovine insemination." [ light laughter ] you just got yourself uninvited from every party. >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: what's going on? >> steve: i think "clams can talk" is a bigger secret. >> jimmy: bovine is a cow. >> steve: yeah. >> jimmy: has nothing to do with clams. i can't believe i shelled out money for this. >> steve: oy! [ laughter ] [ audience groans ] cost you 50 clams. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: when i got to the ending, i was steamed. i was so steamed. [ laughter ] next up is a children's book. >> steve: love 'em! >> jimmy: i love those. yeah, i love those too. this is "the love affair of mr. ding and mrs. dong." [ laughter ] >> steve: okay. no. oh, my gosh. >> jimmy: on the back it says "first level reader for --"
this is for kids just beginning to read. i don't know about that. >> steve: okay. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: let's see here what we got here. there they are. that's the -- nice animation there. it says, "mr. ding and mrs. dong listened to their two hearts beating together, ding dong ding dong ding dong." [ laughter ] >> steve: oh, my god. >> jimmy: "ding dong. ding. mr. ding slowly puts his hand on mrs. dong's hand. ding dong. ♪ [ laughter ] mrs. dong pricks her cheek as she puts a kiss on mr. ding's cheek." >> steve: wait, what? [ laughter ] >> jimmy: maybe i'm wrong, maybe this is perfect for kids, i don't know. i don't know. next book is for you animal lovers out there. this is called "dogs and their women." [ laughter ] shouldn't it be "women and their dogs?" >> steve: one would think. >> jimmy: "dogs and their women." well, look at the size of this dog. now i get it. oh, my goodness. >> steve: the size of this what? [ laughter ] >> jimmy: that is insane. >> steve: that is insane. oh, that's his tail, sorry.
>> jimmy: that's like clifford. [ laughter ] >> steve: i got confused. >> jimmy: what are you looking at? >> steve: my eyes are going. i'm old. >> jimmy: that's his tail, yeah. >> steve: that's his tail, yeah, thank god. if he had more than that between his legs -- >> jimmy: "dogs and their women." look at this right here, there's another photo here. someone in this photo -- [ laughter ] someone in this photo's got a a drinking problem. >> steve: uh-oh. [ laughter ] the just play poker. >> jimmy: you hate to see that, you hate to see that. we're down our last book here. >> steve: aw! >> jimmy: this is a "how to" book. >> steve: oh, good. >> jimmy: that's fun, right? >> steve: i love them. >> jimmy: this is called "dancing for busy people." [ laughter ] none of these people look like they'd be particularly busy. is that like an old boy? what is that? [ laughter ] what is he so busy with? let's so what kind of dances they have here. i like a good -- all right, this one's called the "ding dong daddy." >> steve: come on! [ laughter ] you wrote a screenplay about this? >> steve: yeah, yeah. >> jimmy: so this is "ding dong daddy." it's very easy.
tariq, higgins, if you guys want to do it. or you at home. this is a fun new dance called "the ding dong daddy." i'll give you the description. >> steve: okay. >> jimmy: and here we go. all right. so it says intro -- first of all, wait eight counts. clap knees twice. clap hands twice. slide right hand over left twice, palms down. slide left hand over right twice. pound right fist over left fist twice. pound left fist over right fist twice. touch palm to left elbow twice. touch left palm to right elbow twice. repeat all of the above, one through 16. [ laughter ] make swimming motion with right arm then with left arm. make swimming motion with both arms twice. make motion of twirling a lasso with the right arm four times. twirl lasso with left arm. make hitch-hike motion with right arm, thumb extended, hitch-hike motion with left arm. make motion of catching a fly. place the fly on opposite hand. swat the fly and blow it away. [ cheers and applause ]
and that is how you do. ♪ come on baby let's do the ding dong daddy ♪ ♪ >> jimmy: that's all i have for this edition of my "do not read list." if you have a book you think should be on our next "do not read list," i would like to see it. send your titles to our blogs at firstname.lastname@example.org. we'll be right back with alex rodriguez, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ come on baby you know the ding dong daddy so clap your hands twice ♪ ♪ outta chips.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: we are joined right now by a world series champion, three-time mvp and 14-time major league all-star, who is part of the emmy-winning team covering major league baseball for fox. he's also a guest shark this season on "shark tank." their next episode airs sunday at 9:00 p.m. on abc. please welcome back a a hard-working man, here is alex rodriguez! [ cheers and applause ] ♪
>> jimmy: they love you, buddy. >> what an amazing crowd. >> jimmy: they love -- right? the best crowd. >> new york city. >> jimmy: new york city, they love you. you know that. [ cheers and applause ] thank you for coming back to see us. last time we talked about you on your major league baseball team on fox, during the world series. you were fantastic. congrats on the emmy. and now today you just got a a new job. this is a big deal. [ cheers and applause ] >> unemployed to new job. >> jimmy: unemployed to new job in a matter of, yeah, weeks. no, you do such a good job. today it was announced, i don't even know how you pulled this off, but you're going to be on espn "sunday night baseball." >> yeah. [ cheers and applause ] yeah. >> jimmy: that's fantastic. >> you know, first of all, jimmy, the leaders at fox, eric shanks and john entz, they discovered me. they gave me my first opportunity. and they allowed for this day to really be a groundbreaking day for me. so, i'm really excited to be working with two major
companies, disney and fox. >> jimmy: i mean, how are you pulling this off? i mean -- >> i know. >> jimmy: this is -- i mean, it's going to be fantastic. i mean, 'cause you're great at it. and who is the team over at espn? >> so, we have matt and we have jessica mendoza. jessica is the first female that's been in the booth doing color on a national platform. and because of her -- [ cheers and applause ] yeah, this is awesome. >> jimmy: that's great. >> i'm so excited to be teaming up. they're both wildly talented. and because of espn, and because of jessica, maybe my daughters one day get to be in the booth with dad. >> jimmy: yeah, why not? [ cheers and applause ] that would be cool. that would be fun. i love seeing you in the booth. 'cause i miss -- i would go to yankee games and i would root for the yankees, and i'd root for you. and i remember just like, i don't know, we just didn't click or we didn't gel or something. you would come up to the batting circle and i had really nice seats. i was behind home plate. it was great. and i would go, "a-rod, yo, what's up!" and you would come out and you would come and have the bat and you'd look at me and you'd go -- [ laughter ]
and you would go -- and then i'd go, "what was that about?" and then you would hit a home run or something and i go, you have me to thank. i got you hyped up. i got you angry. ready to go out there and win. >> you know what happened? this is a true story. i think the night before i watched "fever pitch" -- [ laughter ] so i was like -- >> jimmy: oh, i get it now. i get it now. yeah, yeah, yeah. >> jimmy: now let's talk about "shark tank." this is your 20th job. [ light laughter ] how did you get involved with "shark" -- 'cause i love "shark tank." >> you know, it's a wonderful job. first of all, it's such a great show, because if you think about over the last nine season, over $100 million deployed. over 10,000 jobs for the u.s. economy. and in many ways on sunday nights, america gets their mba. maybe not from harvard business school, but from "shark tank." and it's just been a blast. >> jimmy: i feel like i would be good at that. but then i make some decisions and i go no. [ light laughter ] >> now, here's my question -- >> jimmy: no one would agree with me. i'm like, "i think they should" -- and they have that. >> now, would you be a shark or
would you be an entrepreneur? 'cause i can see you with a lot of ideas. >> jimmy: i would be the first person to be both. >> okay, there you go. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i would pitch myself the idea then pass on my idea. [ light laughter ] >> i love it. i love it. i love it. >> jimmy: i have an idea. i think they should invent, you know, like bearskin rugs? that's a thing of the past. no more bears getting used as rugs. but a gummy bearskin rug. [ light laughter ] a giant gummy bear with a giant gummy bear head -- gummy bearskin rug. i'll let you in ground floor. [ cheers and applause ] 60%. >> i would say jimmy i love you, i like "fever pitch." i think it's a stupid idea, and for that reason, i'm out. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: do you feel that way, when you give your criticism? 'cause you guys are competitive on the show. >> oh, yeah. you know, it gets friendly, but then once the game -- it's just like a game, we get competitive. and the girls, they're nasty. they get tough. like, barbara and laurie, they're tough. >> jimmy: oh, yeah. >> i always like to partner with the ladies. barbara and laurie is amazing. >> jimmy: really? >> yes. oh, they're smart. >> jimmy: now coming up, is
there something you're like, "oh, this is going to be a a game-changer?" or every -- i mean, is there something you saw you go like, "that's going to be something that's going to be big?" >> you know, i don't focus on the product. a lot of times i bet on the jockey, not on the horse. so i'm reading body language, background, track record of the entrepreneur. >> jimmy: see this is why i'm terrible. i would never be -- that's why they'd never asked me to go on, because i would be like, "i think this is great idea, gummy bearskin rugs?" [ light laughter ] i think everyone would have one of those in front of the fireplace. >> exactly. [ light laughter ] >> jimmy: i mean, really awful ideas. i've come up with so many bad ones. you are fantastic and i have a a clip. here's alex rodriguez on this sunday's episode of "shark tank." check this out. >> in 1994, i entered the league as an 18-year-old baseball player for the seattle mariners. in the clubhouse, kentucky fried chicken, burger king, mcdonalds. players were eating this 45 minutes before game time. today -- >> before a game? >> c'mon. >> before the game. right? >> wow. today we have brown rice, sweet potato, vegetables. the game has changed
tremendously. so, i think there's a lot of white space, a lot of opportunity for you in the sports world. i'm also in the business of gyms and fitness. i own part of a thousand gyms in 20 countries. so i think -- with that i'm going to make you an offer. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: what were they selling? donuts? a wholefood donut? >> something with equipment in the fitness space. >> jimmy: wow. >> but they were really cool. they were great entrepreneurs. they were a nice couple. >> jimmy: i love it, man. i love the show. i'm happy you're on. would you like to have a a hitting contest against a a 22-month-old child? [ light laughter ] >> wow, i would love to. >> jimmy: you would? >> yeah! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: that's what i'm talking about. alex rodriguez and i are having a hitting contest after the break. stick around, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ tens of millions of people have switched to unlimited on america's most awarded network. verizon? whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. vince, not yet. it's the network rated number one in the nation by rootmetrics eight times running. it's totally verizon.
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gentlemen! [ cheers and applause ] alex and i are about to have a a "soft toss hitting contest." but we're going to need some opponents and we think we've found some good ones. their names are asher and cory willig and this video of them at batting -- at a batting cage just went viral. take a look at this. [ bat crack ] >> whoa! [ bat crack ] nice, bud! >> jimmy: he's got it right there, right? >> good job! >> jimmy: yeah. fist bump, there you go. ladies and gentlemen, from lawrenceville, georgia, please welcome cory willig and his 22-month-old son asher. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: hi, buddy. hey, cory, nice to see you. >> nice to see you. >> jimmy: how are you? thank you for being here. this is alex right here. >> hi! hi, buddy! >> jimmy: what is your name? >> asher! [ audience aws ] >> jimmy: that's great. now how old are you? >> one. >> jimmy: one? one year old? oh, my goodness.
asher this is going to be fun. what color is this, asher? >> neen. >> jimmy: it's not neen, it's blue! [ laughter ] >> blue. >> jimmy: that's right, blue. all right, here you go. are you going to hit today? you're going to hit the ball? wow. and that's your bat right there? all right, get ready, this is going to be some tough competition right here. [ laughter ] here's how the contest works. each team will have 30 seconds to see how many soft tosses they can hit out there. and since we're up first, i want to make this fair. since asher is a leftie, you're going to have to hit leftie. and also, you're going to have to use his size bat. [ laughter ] >> okay. >> jimmy: here you go, yeah, that's perfect. you're using asher's -- look, we have another bat, asher, right here. >> hey, jimmy, asher saw me hit my last year, so he's not really intimidated. [ laughter ] so he's good. >> jimmy: no, he's good. >> he's like, "this is going to be easy." >> jimmy: asher's 22-months. alex, how old are you? >> i'm around 500 months. >> jimmy: there you go, perfect, all right, perfect. 500 months alex rodriguez right here. all right, i'm getting nervous 'cause i'm getting -- i'm feeling the old -- i got to go to therapy 'cause i'm feeling the glare coming back.
all right, here we go. ♪ >> oh! ooh! [ audience ohs ] whoa! that's why i'm doing tv now, fellas. [ laughter ] ♪ whoa! [ cheers ] >> jimmy: sorry, buddy. sorry, sorry, sorry. [ laughter ] >> whoa! >> jimmy: oh, my goodness. yes! [ cheers ] >> whoa! >> jimmy: getting pelted by a-rod. this is fantastic. [ cheers ] >> whoa! >> jimmy: oh, this is so fun! oh, my god. i could do this all day. sorry about that. that was my bad. that was my bad. [ buzzer ] i think that was good. [ cheers and applause ] hey, fist bump! fist bump! eight hits! not too shabby! that's how you do it right there. asher, are you ready, buddy? >> you ready? >> come on, ash. >> you want to go? >> daddy! >> jimmy: daddy, okay, yeah, daddy is coming -- i'm not going to do it. >> you ready, bud? >> jimmy: are you going to hit? you ready? >> okay. ♪ ready? here we go. ♪ here. >> jimmy: get ready, buddy. [ cheers ] [ cheers and applause ] >> here, bud.
[ cheers and applause ] here! >> jimmy: yes! >> here, bud. good job! here, ash! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: he's unbelievable. >> oh! here we go. [ cheers ] oh! [ cheers ] >> jimmy: he's a ringer! ♪ [ cheers and applause ] that was awesome, buddy. >> good job. >> future yankee! he's a future yankee! [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: my thanks to alex rodriguez and the champions from lawrenceville, georgia, cory and asher willig. we'll be right back with taylor kitsch. stick around, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ what happens now...
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: our next guest from his roles in "friday night lights" and "true detective." he is now starring in a brand new series called "waco", which premieres tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. on paramount network. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome taylor kitsch! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: welcome back! >> good to be back. >> jimmy: nice to see you, buddy. >> good to be back. >> jimmy: thank you for being here. "waco" premieres tomorrow night. >> it does. >> jimmy: this is a big deal for you, because not only do you star in it, but you also produced this as well. >> i did, yeah. i think any time can you get a a bit more creative control, you're going to take it. >> jimmy: but it's more work. >> my ego loved it.
>> jimmy: it did, yeah? >> it loved it. >> jimmy: it's a crazy story though. >> it is, yeah. >> jimmy: from what i remember, it was a stand-off between david koresh. >> yeah, a 51-day standoff 25 years ago between david koresh and the branch davidians in waco, texas, basically against the atf and the fbi. and it started with a 50-minute gunfight more or less -- >> jimmy: yeah. >> where four agents passed and a bunch of davidians did as well. so, it's a tragic story. no matter what side, or if you want to take sides. but -- yeah, and we get to shed some light on this. >> jimmy: was it tough to get into, david koresh, playing him? >> not at all. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: it was easy? >> so easy. >> jimmy: yeah, right. >> i woke up day of -- >> jimmy: exactly. >> what are my lines? >> jimmy: yeah, exactly. there's a lot of memorizing in there. >> yeah. >> jimmy: unless you're using cue cards, but i mean, there's a lot of sermons and -- >> yeah, we -- i mean, first day was a sermon of joy and what it was or is to be a a davidian. and that was a nine-pager.
and i think just scripture and everything is hard to kind of wrap your mind around it. you know, i had whiteboards all over the house with the scripture and the monologues and -- >> jimmy: what did you use for research? like old tapes from him? >> yeah, recruitment tapes. so obviously there are his -- there's a bunch of his sermons online that you can see. and then the dowdle brothers, who wrote and directed it, sent me just an insane amount of material. and then you get into his back-story of him as a kid, raised seventh day adventist. his mom was 14 when she had him. he had memorized the bible by 17. >> jimmy: memorized the whole thing? >> memorized the bible. yeah. >> jimmy: wow, wow, wow. >> so, it's a very enigmatic, complex story. and so is he, you know. so, it was an incredible journey. amazing cast, mike shannon, paul sparks. >> jimmy: i love michael shannon. >> he's eh. >> jimmy: he's been on the show a bil -- i love him so much. [ laughter ] i love him. >> i do, too. he's amazing. truly is, he plays gary noesner, the --
>> jimmy: he probably helped you with a little levity there. 'cause he's a very funny -- >> oh, yeah. really -- >> jimmy: very funny human being. >> very rom-comy when he's around. [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i wouldn't say he's rom-comy, but i think he's funny, man. he's unbelievable. >> he is. he's got great -- >> together: dry sense of humor. >> jinx! >> jimmy: jinx! besties forever. >> oh, what? [ laughter ] >> jimmy: but what do you do as an actor to come down when you do such a serious role like this, and you're like, "oh, i just need a break." do you go to an island somewhere? >> i get on my motorcycle to be honest. and yeah, so -- >> jimmy: you're one of those guys? >> i am one of those guys. [ light laughter ] yeah. >> jimmy: no, i look up to you. >> oh, thank you. >> jimmy: i have, like, posters of you in my bedroom. >> whoa. [ laughter ] those are the ones i sent you though, right? >> jimmy: yes, you sent them to me. yeah, thank you for signing them. i appreciate it. no, i would be -- i'm a little afraid of going on a a motorcycle. >> really? i'll double you. >> jimmy: yeah? >> yeah. >> jimmy: you'd teach me how to do it? >> no, you'd just be on the back. i won't -- [ laughter ] >> jimmy: i don't think that's the rush, right? >> jimmy: but where do you go? do you plan -- >> we went through, like, italy
and then croatia, the dolomite mountains in italy. went to montana, glacier national park to the redwoods, bend, oregon. amazing places. >> jimmy: and is it all planned out? >> never. no, we don't really plan too much. it's just like literally meet in salt lake and then we'll just cruise -- >> jimmy: hit the road. >> yeah, you just open the map up and see a tributary, and just take it. and i love that. but it kind of sometimes leads to a bit more improv. >> jimmy: yeah. >> yeah, you know, we're in tuscany and like the back road and we're like, oh, it's going to be amazing. you know an hour into it you're literally in the middle of nowhere. and -- >> jimmy: you're like, dude, can we drink gasoline and survive? [ light laughter ] and it's like, no, we can't drink -- >> we're going to try it. >> jimmy: we'll try a sip of it, yeah. i mean, you also learned -- i didn't even know david koresh played music. >> yeah, he could rip on the guitar and wasn't the greatest singer. but -- in my humble opinion. which actually i sing in the show as well, which i'm perfect for, because i'm not good,
either. >> jimmy: oh, really? like, does that make you more nervous than doing the acting part? the singing part? >> i mean, it's funny because i have, like, some amazing musician buddies, and they want to be actors and i want to be a a musician. so, it's like -- you know, it takes a lot of time. you just got to tip the hat to being able to play guitar and sing at the same time. that was a learning experience to say the least. >> jimmy: kirk is getting there. [ laughter ] >> yeah, so i hear. >> jimmy: yeah, he's very, very close. i want to show everyone a clip. >> yeah. >> jimmy: here is taylor kitsch in "waco." premieres tomorrow. take a look at this. >> where are you off to? >> back to l.a. >> at this hour? don't drive through the night. i got to place not far from here where a bunch of us stay with an extra room if you want. i'm warning you, it is a hell hole. nothing fancy. no running water. we built it ourselves. but we play music. and we study.
and we live as a family. and it's kind of fun. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: you look just like him, dude. wow. taylor kitsch, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] "waco" premieres tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. on paramount network. we'll be back with clive davis, everybody! come on back. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ lock its tuition... from your first dream to your first dollar. from between shifts and after hours. from the struggle, to the reckoning. to the moment you sit in that auditorium and realize that your whole life is about to change. what if a university could guarantee fixed affordable tuition... from your first class, to your last.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: it is an honor to have our next guest on the show tonight. he's been called the man with the golden ear. he's the chief creative officer of sony music entertainment. he's a grammy-winning producer and he's in the rock and roll hall of fame. there's a new documentary about his life and career called "clive davis: the soundtrack of our lives." it's currently available on itunes. everyone please welcome the one and only, clive davis. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> jimmy: that's an intro right there. that's clive davis! we're so happy that you're here. welcome back and we love you. clive, i love the documentary. i saw it the first day it came out. and just looking at the artists that you've worked with, i'm just blown away. >> thank you. >> oh, jimmy: what a career. i mean, janis joplin, aretha franklin, whitney houston, alicia keys,
barry manilow, grateful dead, miles davis, earth, wind & fire, jennifer hudson, santana, billy joel, bruce springsteen. [ cheers and applause ] i mean, it's -- the documentary was insane. every other second i was like, oh my god, i love that song. oh, i love that as well. like, tell me a story about bruce springsteen. >> okay, well john hammond and i signed bruce springsteen. obviously, his lyrics, his story telling, his great imagery. but when he started out, we're talking about 45 years ago. he played small clubs. and fast-forward about six months later, we're at a a charity event and the stage as large as radio city. and he's up there singing and i'm at rehearsal and i go up there and i say, "bruce, think about the size of this stage. you're going to get dwarfed by it. and maybe consistent with what you're writing about. you could go from one side of
the stage to the other." okay. two years later, i then, by that time, had founded arista records. he was still on columbia, writes me a note, i'm coming with my new album. hear my new songs. come see me at the bottom line. i go down to the bottom line, a a rock club in the city. >> jimmy: yeah. >> and there is the springsteen that we all know today. riveting, compelling, dashing, jumping on tables. i mean i'm stunned, i cannot believe it. >> jimmy: your advice was move more. >> i go backstage, he's there alone in the dressing room. i walk in. he looks up. and he says, "clive, did i move around enough for you?" [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> jimmy: now he's one of the most famous concerts of all time. best showman out there. but this documentary, congratulations on it. because it came out. i just saw it was number one on itunes for like i don't know, still might be number one on itunes.
but you just won a critics choice award. >> yes. >> jimmy: you're winning all these awards. [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. >> jimmy: that's got to feel good. one of the stories in the documentary, it talks about your famous pre-grammy parties. you have the biggest party in music every year for as long as i think i can even remember. >> you were in just knickers then. >> jimmy: yeah, i was in knickers then. [ light laughter ] but how did that start? how did the grammy parties start? just because you're in the business and yeah, i got to throw a party? >> okay, i start arista records. our very first record was "mandy" by barry manilow. >> jimmy: i own that record. [ cheers and applause ] >> and it goes straight to number one. nominated for two grammys. barry looks at me and he said, "where are we going to have our party?" now, traditionally every label has a party the night of the grammys. and i said, "you know, if we have it that night, and it's just us, we'll have two tables." at that time, the legendary restaurant chasen's in l.a.
so i got the idea of doing it the day before. and we did it. elton john came. stevie wonder came. john denver came. i knew i was on to something great. so now 42 years later, for the first time in 15 years, we're in new york city this saturday night. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: and you're throwing the party. i mean, crazy stories has come from this party, but this week you're honoring jay-z. >> yes. >> jimmy: and i know this is the hottest ticket. even to just get an invite from clive davis, which by the way -- my mailbox is totally ready. [ laughter ] whenever you'd like to drop an invite by. do you know -- you must know who is performing, but you can't say? you don't say. >> well i can say who is performing, but i've got to tell you over the years you see people on stage. whitney with natalie cole. lou reed with rod stewart. alicia keys with aretha. you see performers together you never saw before.
we are going to celebrate new york. we're not a slave to the grammy. yes, there will be young artists. yes, there will be grammy nominees. but we have some of the most incredible old-time performers that if you come it will knock your socks off. >> jimmy: i will be there. yeah. are you kidding me? yeah -- again, i'm there if you want me to be there. [ applause ] i want to show a clip from your documentary that shows the significance of your pre-grammy party. here's "clive davis: the soundtrack of our lives." take a look at this. ♪ pass the courvoisier what ya gonna tell that brother ♪ ♪ pass the courvoisier everybody sign it now ♪ >> everyone from all walks of life in the same room. but of course music brings everyone together. ♪ it ain't me it ain't me i ain't no millionaire's son ♪ ♪ it ain't me it ain't me i ain't no fortunate one ♪ >> i'm looking in this audience right now. i have to bow in the presence of greatness.
♪ this will be you and me yes siree eternally ♪ ♪ huggin' and squeezin' and kissin' and pleasin' together forever ♪ ♪ through rain or whatever yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ >> there's nobody who can get the whole industry together but clive davis. [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: he is the man! clive davis, everybody! "clive davis: the soundtrack of our lives" is available now on itunes. and we'll be right back with a a performance from bebe rexha, featuring florida georgia line. stick around. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> jimmy: she is a talented singer and songwriter, and they're a multi-platinum duo whose new collaboration is number one on the country chart for the eighth week in a row. that's what i'm talking about. [ cheers and applause ] performing "meant to be" off of the ep "all your fault part two," give it up for bebe rexha and florida georgia line! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ baby lay on back and relax kick your pretty feet up on my dash ♪ ♪ no need to go nowhere fast let's enjoy right here where we at ♪ ♪ who knows where this road is supposed to lead we got nothing but time ♪ ♪ as long as you're right here next to me everything's gonna be all right ♪ ♪ if it's meant to be it'll be
it'll be baby just let it be ♪ ♪ if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby just let it be ♪ ♪ so won't you ride with me ride with me see where this thing goes ♪ ♪ if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby if it's meant to be ♪ ♪ i don't mean to be so uptight but my heart's been hurt a couple times ♪ ♪ by a couple guys that didn't treat me right i ain't gon' lie ain't gonna lie ♪ ♪ 'cause i'm tired of the fake love show me what you're made of ♪ ♪ boy make me believe whoa hold up girl don't you know you're beautiful ♪ ♪ and it's easy to see if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby just let it be ♪ ♪ if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby just let it be ♪ ♪ so won't you ride
with me ride with me see where this thing goes ♪ ♪ if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby if it's meant to be ♪ >> c'mon! ♪ so c'mon ride with me ride with me see where this thing goes ♪ ♪ won't you ride with me ride with me baby if it's meant to be ♪ ♪ maybe we do maybe we don't maybe we will maybe we won't ♪ ♪ but if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby just let it be ♪ ♪ if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby just let it be ♪ ♪ so c'mon ride with me ride with me see where this thing goes ♪ ♪ if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby if it's meant to be ♪ ♪ if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby if it's meant to be ♪
♪ if it's meant to be it'll be it'll be baby if it's meant to be ♪ ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you guys so much. >> thank you. >> bebe rexha, everybody! >> jimmy: oh, my goodness! that's how you do it. that's how you do it, right there! standing o. bebe rexha, florida georgia line! [ cheers and applause ] "meant to be" is out now! my thanks to alex rodriguez, taylor kitsch, clive davis, cory and asher willig, bebe rexha, florida georgia line! [ cheers and applause ] thank you guys. thank you to the roots right there from philadelphia, pennsylvania. [ cheers ] stay tuned for "late night with seth meyers." thank you for watching. have a great night. i hope to see you tomorrow. bye-bye everybody. [ cheers and applause ] ♪