VH1 Top 20 Countdown contender (and Best Week Ever Happy Hour participant) Gavin DeGraw teased the Tonight Show audience for a few minutes yesterday during his performance of the single “Not Over You.” The songwriter and multi-instrumentalist had a piano all set up for him, but he ignored it for most of the song, instead walking back and forth across the stage as he sang. But when the keyboardist in his talented and compact backing band strapped on an acoustic guitar for the second chorus, DeGraw finally relented. The appearance was simply more proof that when it comes to a certain type of pop-rock, DeGraw has the form mastered, from songwriting to showmanship.
Also last night, actor Michael Rapaport appeared on Lopez Tonight to promote his A Tribe Called Quest documentary. He and George Lopez talked about the life-changing effect of “Rapper’s Delight” (sounding not unlike Ice Cube in his episode of Behind The Music) before rapping a not-insubstantial chunk of the song. They’re not Timberlake and Fallon, but they’re not bad.
Elsewhere on late night…
The Late Show with David Letterman: Cee Lo Green, “Bright Lights, Bigger City”
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Owl City, “Deer in the Headlights”
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Joseph Arthur, “Almost Blue”