'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' to host weeklong tribute to Bob Marley with Jennifer Hudson, Chris Cornell, Lenny Kravitz and more - EXCLUSIVE

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Last year, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon invited a handful of bands to pay tribute to the Rolling Stones in honor of the re-release of Exile on Main Street. It was a tremendous week of music, featuring performances by the likes of Green Day and Phish tackling classics like “Loving Cup” and “Rip It Up.”

Starting on Monday, May 9, the musical guests on Late Night will all tip their (giant, dread-covering) hats to reggae legend Bob Marley in honor of the 30th anniversary of the great one’s passing.

Monday night’s show features Bob’s son Ziggy, while Tuesday night’s (May 10) episode welcomes Chris Cornell. Jennifer Hudson checks in on Wednesday (May 11), Jakob Dylan pays his respects on Thursday (May 12) and Lenny Kravitz wraps things up on Friday (May 13). Each artist will perform a classic Marley tune that pays tribute to his revolutionary spirit and deep influence on music.

“Big up Jimmy Fallon for honoring the memory of my father,” said son Ziggy, who will also spend time on the couch discussing his father’s legacy with Fallon. “Much respect.”

Though Fallon is still a relative newcomer to the late-night scene, his show has rapidly grown into the best place to see after-hours performances from some of the greatest names in music.

He shrewdly hired the Roots as his house band, and since the show’s inception has played host to a number of huge musical moments, from the drum-off between Ringo Starr and Roots drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson to Fallon dressing up as Neil Young to perform Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” (with assistance from a very game Bruce Springsteen) and bananas hip-hop collective Odd Future’s first network appearance.

The weeklong tribute to Marley promises to be yet another notch in Fallon’s ever-expanding musical belt. So tell us, readers: What Bob song would you like to see each slated artist get irie on?

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  • goose

    Chris Cornell does an AMAZING Redemption Song, which will most likely be what he plays, make sure not to miss it, it is incredible

  • Anne

    Anytime I can see Chris Cornell do ANYTHING, I’m there! I’ll stay up late for that!

  • Mitch

    I picture Lenny Kravitz singing High Tide or Low Tide, but Jack Johnson and Ben Harper did it pretty well already…

  • Taylor Gibson

    I’d like “Burn One Down”

  • Callie

    Jimmy’s and JT’s history of rap was fantastic, too.

  • Ceeto

    Redemption Song is a must in any Marley Tribute.

  • Mesh

    Three Little Birds

  • DJ

    Jakob Dylan doing “Is This Love?” would be fun! But mixing Jakob and ANY Bob Marley song is going to come out really interesting . . . cool choice.

  • Craig

    That Whip My Hair performance was comic gold! Hilarious!

  • shernette johnson

    Thanks for remembering our great bob marley by paying tribute to him I highly appreciate it blessing to each and everyone who made it possible.

  • sujahn

    Stir It Up

  • Islandman61

    No Woman No Cry!!

  • Meghan

    Please cover one love! Favorite song ever!!

  • Joe J

    Hope someone does his “No Woman No Cry”

  • jordan from ky

    ziggy burn one down or rastaman chant

    • Ras H

      In this time of war and caos i would like to see Ziggy Marley sing “So Much Trouble” !!!!

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