A little less than two years after Alabama Shakes burst onto the music landscape thanks to Brittany Howard’s impassioned vocals and the band’s hard-nosed blues-rock, the group made their Saturday Night Live debut last night. The Shakes first performed a powerful version of Hold On and then offered a groovy take on Always Alright from the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack as their second song.
If you missed last night’s episode, we’ve got you covered…
In the early days of Saturday Night Live, the Grateful Dead were no strangers to the program. It didn’t hurt that two of the show’s main writers, Tom Davis and Al Franken, were big Deadheads. One of the group’s performances took place on April 5th, 1980 on an episode hosted by Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin as the Grateful Dead were promoting the soon-to-be-released Go To Heaven LP.
We’ve been searching for footage of this appearance, in which the Dead performed Alabama Getaway and Saint of Circumstance, forever. Turns out we should’ve just looked at DeadVids.com.
The February 16th episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live will feature a host and musical guest who both have never appeared on the show. Actor Christoph Waltz of Django Unchained fame will host, while HT faves Alabama Shakes will make their SNL debut as musical guest.
This marks yet another milestone for the Shakes, who just about two years ago were completely unknown. Now, they are up for the Best New Artist award at this year’s Grammys.
Thanks in part to their ubiquitous catchy shout-along, foot-stomping single, Hey Ho, The Lumineers emerged as arguably the biggest break-out act of 2012. The Denver-based band’s music was seemingly everywhere, from television shows to commercials to a healthy dose of radio play, helping the folk-pop act sell nearly 700,000 copies of their self-titled debut. The band, who have also been nominated for two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album, are looking to have an even bigger 2013, as yesterday it was revealed that they will be the musical guest on the January 19, episode of Saturday Night Live, which will be hosted by Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook).
Following the horrific events that went down in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday we were wondering how Saturday Night Live would kick off tonight’s final episode of 2012. We have to hand it to Lorne Michaels and the SNL Crew as they opened the show in the most tasteful way possible by having the New York City Childrens Chorus sing Silent Night. Paul McCartney was this evening’s musical guest, making his fifth appearance on the seminal sketch comedy show.
For his first song, Macca performed My Valentine with guitar accompaniment by Joe Walsh…
Later in the episode McCartney reprised his Cut Me Some Slack collaboration with former Nirvana members Pat Smear, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic that was debuted at the 12-12-12: Concert For Sandy Relief. This performance marked Dave Grohl’s unprecedented 12th musical appearance on Saturday Night Live. A studio version of the tune off Grohl’s Sound City Movie inspired soundtrack album surfaced today. Here’s the SNL performance of the bluesy tune…
Saturday Night Live is bringing back two old friends for the program’s Christmas show. SNL alum Martin Short will host the December 15th episode which will also feature Paul McCartney as musical guest. This will be the final episode of the year for the long-running series.
Macca has appeared on the show four times in the past, the most recent of which took place in 2010. Let’s hope he plays some classics like he has on past episodes.
On October 11, 1975 Lorne Michaels and his cast of “The Not Ready For Prime-Time Players” revolutionized television with the debut of a sketch comedy show called Saturday Night Live. Today, 37 years later, the show is still going strong and a fixture of many Americans’ Saturday nights.
To celebrate the anniversary, let’s take a look at Life Is A Carnival as performed by The Band on the October 30th, 1976 episode of Saturday Night Live, less than a month before The Last Waltz…
The hosts and musical guests for the next few episodes of Saturday Night Live have just been announced. While we knew James Bond, aka Daniel Craig, would host Saturday’s episode with musical guest Muse, the announcement revealed that Christina Applegate will host the Saturday, October 13th episode featuring musical guest Passion Pit and that Bruno Mars will do double duty, both hosting and appearing as the musical guest on the October 20th episode.
Passion Pit will be making their Saturday Night Live debut.
The next season of legendary television program Saturday Night Live begins on September 15th and the hosts and musical guests for the season’s first three episodes have been revealed. Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane will host the season premiere which will feature Frank Ocean as musical guest.
On September 22 HT faves Mumford and Sons will make their SNL debut on an episode hosted by Phish fan actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Then, on October 6th, Daniel “James Bond” Craig will host while Muse serves as musical guest.
Earlier this week rumors were circulating on Rolling Stones message boards that Mick Jagger would use next Saturday’s appearance on Saturday Night Live as a platform to announce the return of the Stones and a forthcoming tour. While nothing concrete has come out of those rumblings yet, we now know that Jagger will be joined by other rock royalty on the season finale of the long-running SNL.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Foo Fighters and Arcade Fire will join Jagger during the SNL finale on May 19. Details are sparse, but considering Mick doesn’t have a true solo band these days, we were wondering who he’d perform with. Arcade Fire has been laying low since The Suburbs’ tour ended last year, while the Foos are still playing festival slots worldwide. If this goes down as reported, next Saturday will mark Dave Grohl’s record 11th appearance on SNL as musical guest. He’s previously appeared on the show with Nirvana, Tom Petty, Tenacious D, Them Crooked Vultures and of course, the Foo Fighters. Meanwhile, Arcade Fire has been the show’s musical guest twice. We’d think the bands will each back up Jagger on a tune a piece. We’ll keep you posted on any further news.
Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells will make their Network TV debut on Feb. 18 when the duo are featured as the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Former cast member Maya Rudolph will host the episode. Let’s hope Sleigh Bells’ appearance goes better than the much maligned one by Lana Del Rey earlier this year. Sleigh Bells’ debut album scored the #25 slot on our Best Albums of 2010 list.
Well here’s some news out of left field – Radiohead will be the musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. SNL hosting vet Alec Baldwin will returns for his 16th appearance on the episode which will air on September 24. Radiohead made their SNL debut in 2000 and haven’t been back since. How about a New York City warm up show, fellas?
On April 2, Elton John’s name will be added to the small list of performers who have acted as both host and musical guest on the same episode of Saturday Night Live. John returns to SNL for the first time in nearly 30 years on the 2nd and will be joined by Leon Russell for the music segments.
The typical Saturday Night Live musical guest usually performs two songs on the long-running NBC program. Former Wings lead singer Paul McCartney proved once again (he played three songs in 1993) that he is far from the typical musical guest as he was given the opportunity to play a record five songs for the cameras and treated audience members to an additional two songs. Here’s a rundown of Macca’s performances…
Band on the Run
READ ON for the rest of Paul McCartney’s sizzling SNL hits…
Iconic performer Paul McCartney will return to NBC’s Saturday Night Live as the musical guest for the December 11th episode, in which actor Paul Rudd will host. This marks McCartney’s third time as musical guest having performed on the NBC show back in 1990 and 1993, though Macca also made a brilliant cameo in 2006. Paul’s SNL appearance comes two days before he’s set to perform at the Apollo Theater on the 13th.