At a Parkinson’s Disease Charity event over the weekend, Michael J. Fox re-enacted his iconic scene from Back to the Future in which Marty McFly travels back in time to help his parents bone and ends up stealing rock n roll from black people. At A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s event at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, the 50-year-old busted out an identical Gibson ES-345 with retrofitted Bigsby vibrato (both introduced after 1955, incidentally) to guitar-synch along to the Chuck Berry classic. According to the DailyMail, he actually learned the song back in 2008 when he played it at the same event with The Who, but HuffPo says he was just pretending to play this time.
Meanwhile, the event just so happened to take place on the 56th anniversary of the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. Other attendees to the event included Ricky Gervais, Rachel Ray, and Julianna Margulies, and it was considered a great success as not even a single person shouted requests for “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On.”
UPDATE: Now with video
Looks like he’s actually playing to me, or else doing a really good job pretending.