Jimmy Fallon & Sting Perform Don’t Stand So Close to Me in a New Way

Jimmy FallonSting and The Roots have an anthem for these times. 

Amid the ongoing coronavirus and resulting sweeping social distancing, the Tonight Show host teamed up with the 18-time Grammy winner for another round of his show’s signature: performing hit songs with peculiar objects. While they typically use classroom instruments or office supplies for this segment, given the current situation, the two stars, backed by The Roots, performed the iconic hit via a 12-way video conference using musical objects from their own homes. 

Such items included a jar, utensils, scissors, sneakers, a throw pillow and even the game Connect 4. Meanwhile, Sting also provided the main vocals and Fallon added in the harmonies.

The performance was a fitting coronavirus PSA given the unforgettable main lyric: “Don’t stand so close to me.”

The clip has already garnered more than 100,000 views—and counting. 

“Jimmy, @theofficialsting & @theroots perform The Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” that rings true during quarantining #FallonAtHome,” The Tonight Show’s Instagram post read. 

In fact, Fallon has been hosting at-home versions of his late-night show for more than three weeks now as social distancing protocols remain enforced. As they say, the show must go on! 

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