Jack White The Foo Fighters hits – this lineup of musical guests from “Saturday Night Live” could easily have been from 2002 instead of 2020… and in fact, all three of these artists have performed in the show that year or 2003 (with White as lead singer of White Rayures) For a show that in recent years has focused heavily on pop, hip-hop, R&B and the very current alternative, c is a radical change of gender and generations What’s going on?
Obviously, thanks to COVID, this is an unprecedented season and an unprecedented time.But not only has rock music been at a low level for most of this century – the White Stripes and the Strokes are the last really galvanizing groups in memory – these three acts don’t even have new music (although the last of the Strokes album was released in April, and the Foo Fighters are up to something, judging by a cryptic Tweet they published shortly after this article was first published)
Representatives for « SNL » did not respond to Variety’s requests for comment, and several media sources declined to speak on the recording But several made off-the-record speculation
The new and old rock wave of « SNL » began on October 3, with the first almost normal show since the lockdown began in March (when The Weeknd inadvertently ended up being the last musical guest of this season) Rising country singer Morgan Wallen was originally booked as the new season’s first musical guest.But when images emerged on social media of Wallen involved in an extremely unsocially left-behind party just days before it happened, the decision to cancel it was announced the Thursday before the show (To his credit, Wallen posted an elegant and contrite apology)
A source familiar with the situation speculates that White’s manager Ian Montone, who has developed a friendly relationship with « SNL » creator Lorne Michaels during his artist’s three previous appearances on the series, sent a quick text to secure the spot (Montone politely declined Variety’s request for comment)
But the magic element was simpler: rather than assembling the elaborate group that accompanied him on the series in 2018, White was accompanied only by the powerful drummer Daru Jones and bassist Dominic John Davis. Stripped to the essentials, the trio absolutely burned the stage, roaring through a mix of White Stripes’ ‘Ball and Biscuit’ and White’s Beyonce collaboration ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ (with revised lyrics and ‘news), as well as the title track from his second solo album, “Lazaretto.” The latter track also featured a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, who died earlier in the week, in the form of a guitar he gave to White
The spontaneity of the performance paid off and the response was explosive Gen Xers who had been locked up at home for months – and perhaps haven’t seen such a harsh group in years – gave an enthusiastic response on social media (rightly so, heavily on Facebook) and partied at home like in 2002 A longtime « SNL » staff member said it was the musical performance the most electrifying they have seen in years
“’SNL’ can turn on in no time,” a source told Variety, “and obviously they’re right now. I guess Lorne saw Jack White get a better response than anything. that they had seen for years and decided to continue with »
While Justin Bieber had already been announced for the following week’s show, and a hard-rock band wouldn’t have made sense with Adele as the Oct 24 host (Adele HER-endorsed R&B singer, who happens to be also being a killer guitarist, played) Michaels is seen flipping through past shows for similar rock acts suitable for the Halloween show.There aren’t many – Billie Eilish, Coldplay and David Byrne are the closest to season 45; Gary Clarke Jr, Greta Van Fleet and Tame Impala from the previous season – and the Strokes were due to play the show in April (Their performance was solid, if not overwhelming)
But the Foo Fighters are always up to the task and always bring rock, and like Grohl, their longtime manager John Silva returns with « SNL » to the Nirvana days almost 30 years ago. since there’s no new album to promote, it’s entirely possible that they’ll play one of their proven hits and possibly bring out a special guest, or do a clever cover (they squashed « Pop Life And Prince’s ‘Darling Nikki’ at a Grammy tribute earlier this year)
Yet none of the above fully answers the “why” Obviously, locking means no one is filming, which makes things difficult for many acts – but it also means artists are recording and releasing more than studio equipment than before Couldn’t « SNL » have called so easily, say, Ariana Grande or Sam Smith, who both released new albums last week, instead of Dave Grohl?
« Firstly, she doesn’t naturally match Dave Chappelle as a host, » a source told Variety, adding, « Dave Grohl isn’t really either, but they’re both Daves and they are both in your face , so it works
“But also,” the source continues, “Jack White, the Strokes and the Foo Fighters show up, log in and play – maybe an hour or two of prep for Ariana or even for Sam Smith, there will be hair and makeup and maybe a big concept to run – it’s hours of preparation and a lot more people involved, and these big productions are a lot harder to achieve in a pandemic «
But above all, both sources agree, the show’s bookers may well respond to the roar of the virtual crowd
« Is this kind of rock music a form of comfort for a lot of people at a terrifying time in history? » one of them postulates « Maybe »
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