The year 2015 is starting to shape up to be the year of awesomeness. Enter Bradley Cooper. The actor, who is also celebrating his 40th birthday, appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” to promote his latest film “American Sniper,” directed by Clint Eastwood. Wearing an afro wig and visor, Cooper narrated a story to Fallon on how he as a kid memorized “Down By the River” by the legendary musician Neil Young. So instead of the usual celebrity guest bit in Fallon’s show, where guests sing with the house band or do a duet with the show’s host, Cooper brandished his mad skills in air guitar and air shredded his way to coolness.
It seemed that Cooper was downplaying his little-known musical flair. Asking Fallon, to crank the volume up all the way through the solo part, the actor swaggered around the set with an air of too cool for school, as he imitated the musical icon’s disjointed guitar strokes putting emphasis on each prolonged not with the fanatical passion of a genuine guitar god. His air guitar version of the song is truly marvelous. As Fallon and the house band of the show The Roots watch Cooper, the actor shines in the spotlight, taking off from his seat while being moved by the music. His fingers flutter on the make-believe fret board, his upper limbs holding on to the invisible guitar and his obviously fake hair afro hair piece bounces in sync. This epic performance is a rad way to start the year and sure to be one for the books.
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