Anderson .Paak was the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday night when he and his band, The Free Nationals, performed from their individual self-quarantine locations.
The group joined The Tonight Show: At Home Edition for a take on “Come Home”, the lead track off .Paak’s 2019 release, Ventura. Unlike the previous guests on the show, where even the host Jimmy Fallon seemingly uses a cell phone for audio, Paak’s recording was studio quality. Like the album rendition, “Come Home” starts with soaring vocal harmonies from The Free Nationals’ backup singers before Paak jumps into the first verse. A steady bassline drives the song toward the chorus, where .Paak changes the song’s refrain from “I’m begging you, please come home,” to “I’m begging you, please stay home,”— a word of advice amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The album version of “Come Home” features Outkast rapper André 3000, but the hip-hop veteran did not appear on The Tonight Show performance. Instead, .Paak and the Free Nationals provided a bit of vocal improv during 3K’s verse with lines like “Stay your a$$ at home”, while the band carried the groove on toward the end of the number. Watch the entire performance below.
Anderson .Paak – “Come Home”
As is the case with virtually all other musicians, Paak has had to cancel or postpone a variety of tour dates due to the coronavirus pandemic. His next scheduled show is on June 12th at Lovebox Festival, however, the status of this event is in question. Visit his official website for the latest show information.