Coldplay made “Back to the Future” fans’ dreams come true Sunday (July 17) night in New Jersey when they were joined on-stage by Michael J. Fox for performances of “Earth Angel” and “Johnny B. Goode” — the songs his character Marty McFly performs in the movie.
The video clearly shows that Fox still has his guitar chops after all these years. Moreover, the performance got us thinking about other movie/music mashups the world needs to see.
1. Tom Cruise and Bob Seger
It’s been over 30 since Tom Cruise danced his way into out hears with his “Risky Business” lip sync of Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.” Perhaps it’s time to see if he still has the moves. Why not put Cruise and Seger on-stage together for the performance?
2. Judd Nelson and Simple Minds
There are few musical moments on film more powerful to children of the 1980s than the final moments of “The Breakfast Club,” when the kids read their final essay and go on with their lives to the sounds of “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds. Getting this band to come to the MTV Movie Awards, or even the Academy Awards ,with an appearance by Judd Nelson throwing his iconic fist in the air would be a nice addition.
3. Bill & Ted with Van Halen
Who cares what song they perform? Getting Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter dressed up like Bill and Ted to play air guitar during a Van Halen concert is the greatest idea of all time. If you don’t want to see that, we question your sanity.
4. Michael Madsen and Stealers Wheel
This may be the creepiest mashup on the list, but it’s one that would be seriously fun to see. The gruesome “Reservoir Dogs” scene set to Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck In the Middle with You” is likely still burned into the minds of everyone who’s seen the movie. Seeing Madsen sing it on stage with the band that made it famous would be a treat.
5. Jon Cryer and Orchestral Maneuvres in the Dark
If you’re talking about Jon Cryer and “Pretty in Pink,” you may think back to Ducky’s rendition of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.” That’s too predictable, though. Instead, we want to see Cryer joining forces with OMD for a performance of “If You Leave.”