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Madonna and the Roots play ‘Holiday’ with children’s instruments

More cowbell!


Audra Schroeder


Published Apr 10, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 2:40 am CDT

What do you do if you’re Jimmy Fallon and Madonna is your guest? You get her to play “Holiday” on kids’ instruments with the Roots, of course.

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Fresh off her Meerkat video premiere of “Ghosttown,” Madonna sat down with the festively dressed band on The Tonight Show and played a stripped-down version of her ‘80s hit. She handled vocals and cowbell; the band brought in kazoo, xylophone, melodica, and bongos.

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Madonna really brings it at the end with that whistle.

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Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube 

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*First Published: Apr 10, 2015, 1:02 pm CDT