Last Thursday, Neon Trees was the musical guest on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The band performed “Sleeping with a Friend,” its new single from “Pop Psychology,” out April 22. But the performance marked the group’s last on the show with Fallon at the helm; the TV host moves to “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17.
“There’s definitely an energy in the studio right now,” lead singer Tyler Glenn said of Fallon’s digs in 30 Rock. “That’ll be fun to be one of his last [musical guests].”
Neon Trees appeared on Fallon during the band’s first album cycle for “Habits.” Glenn admits he is a big fan of The Roots and also likes the music of another guest Thursday night: Drake.
“I love that new single he put out,” Glenn said, presumably referring to “Hold On We’re Going Home.” “I didn’t know he could sing.”
While offering props, the frontman stopped short of saying he could see a collaboration between his band and Drake: at least not of the musical variety. When I asked Glenn if he’d try to take anything from Studio 6A as a memento, he joked that the only thing he might grab is a photo with the hip-hop star.
Neon Trees will continue to promote its new single and LP with a number of media appearances leading up to the April release. Tour news is expected to be released by the band in a few weeks. In 2013, the group spent a good amount of time on the road supporting Maroon 5’s headlining trek.
“We were all buddies,” characterized Glenn after I asked if Adam Levine and company pulled any pranks on them. Maroon 5 is notorious for ribbing acts on the road. Surprisingly, the band did nothing to Neon Trees. “They either really liked us or didn’t like us enough.”
Past Maroon 5 tour pranks have included running on stage during an opener’s set in their underwear and interrupting a supporting act’s performance by playing clips on the video screen.
DAUGHTRY ROOTS FOR THE STEELERS
The Denver Broncos will battle the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s Super Bowl. Chris Daughtry wants a good game, first and foremost. However, if Daughtry has to pick a team to root for, it usually isn’t one of the two playing for the championship.
“My dad is a huge Steelers fan, so I typically go that way,” he told me on “The Ralphie Show.” “He went from the Redskins to the Steelers.”
Daughtry has no Pittsburgh roots, but did note that his dad began rooting for the black and yellow because he liked Terry Bradshaw. The “Waiting for Superman” singer says that if the band is free the night of Feb. 2, they’ll get together to watch the game. Otherwise, it’s business as usual. Daughtry, who appeared locally at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Monday for a brief performance and meet and greet, is in the midst of promoting the aforementioned single from his band’s latest LP, “Baptized.” UK tour dates are on tap, and a U.S. trek will be announced by the band soon.
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