Michael J. Fox channels Marty McFly for performance with Sting at Parkinson's fundraiser

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29 Oct 2021, 11:00

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Michael J. Fox has gone Back To The Future, by taking to the stage for a performance reminiscent of his character’s climactic rock-out in the iconic movie. And he did so with the help of none other than music legend Sting!

In 1985’s Back To The Future, Michael’s Marty McFly plays Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode at the high school Enchantment Under the Sea dance, after he time-travelled back to 1955. The school kids, which included his future mum and dad, were wowed by his ahead-of-its-time performance, although his epic guitar solo was met with bewilderment.  

"I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet. But your kids are gonna love it," McFly famously says. 

At the weekend, Michael gave a performance that the crowd at a Parkinson's fundraiser gala in New York City most certainly loved, and they were definitely ready for.

The event, called A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson's, is organised on behalf of The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research, and saw the 60-year-old actor join 70-year-old Sting on stage. 

The event was hosted by Dennis Leary, and another famous actor in attendance was Julianne Moore, who shared a picture of Sting and Marty rocking out together. 

Michael was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, and has since raised over $1 billion toward Parkinson's research over the last two decades.

When speaking about finding a cure for the disease, the actor and fundraiser told People: “We are loading up all the cannons we can and pointing them at the target. One of them will fire and it will happen. The disease is a problem that will be there until you solve it. But we're hopeful.”