Rolling Stones keyboardist and Georgia tree farmer Chuck Leavell was kind enough to give our BuzzBerry a ring after taping his guest stint on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” in New York City this week.
The green-minded Leavell is also the co-creator of The Mother Nature Network, the new Atlanta-based eco-focused Website. As Buzz readers will recall, the popular Website’s thousands of followers bombarded Fallon, a Twitter fiend, with requests for the late night comic to give a shout out to burgeoning green resource consumer center.
The ploy worked. Fallon indeed mentioned Mother Nature Network as he introduced the acclaimed musician and ecologist on the show. Leavell was the guest keyboardist sitting in with “Late Night” house band, The Roots.
“Man, it was a gas!” Leavell told us. “The cats in the band were wonderful. The vibe was good.”
During the broadcast, Leavell and The Roots performed the singer-songwriter’s “Tomato Jam” from his “Southscape” album and two Stones selections, “Honky Tonk Women” and “Miss You.” The inclusion of the Stone’s 1978 hit temporarily threw Leavell.
“I had to learn the lyrics to that one since Mick usually does the singing on that!” Leavell conceded laughing. He also answered an age-old question for those of us sitting at home. Do the bands on late night talk shows actually play the entire song while we’re watching commercials?
“They do,” he dished. “Actually, we played some extended jams since it sometimes takes them a little while to set up the next segment.”
Afterward, Leavell poked his head inside Fallon’s dressing room to thank the new host.
“He told me, ‘I sure got a lot of tweets from your [Mother Nature Network] fans.’ I said, ‘Believe me dude, MNN loves you now!’ “