Certain movie scenes live in the memory forever. Last Saturday night actor Michael J. Fox took the stage at a charity fundraiser in New York City for research into Parkinson’s disease. At the event, called A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s, the actor took the stage to jam with the band on a rendition of the Chuck Berry classic “Johnny B. Goode,” just like Fox’s character did in Back to the Future.
You can watch the performance video here below.
If you’re a fan of Back to the Future, the film that launched Fox’s movie career, you’ll remember the scene at the climax when he puts his guitar skills to good use playing a mean take on the Berry song that has the students at his parents’ high school dancing and then looking at him mortified as he starts to indulge his inner rock god with some insane stage moves. In the movie, Fox pretended to play the guitar in the scene but for the Saturday performance Fox got to shred some tasty riffs for real, and he did it on a replica of the guitar his character played in Back to the Future while wearing a very similar suit to the one he wore on screen.
It’s a damn fine performance of an immortal rock ‘n’ roll song and it was great to see Fox, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s back in 1991, rocking out for a good cause. The actor may be retired from his former full-time job (although he continues to do voice-over work in animated films and makes occasional appearances on shows like Scrubs and Curb Your Enthusiasm), but he still knows how to give a memorable performance.