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May 20, 2012 / jhsaeger

Jagger, Beck, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire Close Out SNL’s 37th Season

Throughout its 37 years, Saturday Night Live has hosted as wide an array of music guests as any other television program. The show has seen many iconic performances like Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel reuniting, Nirvana trashing their gear, Dave Grohl drumming for Tom Petty, Bono’s killer 2004 performance with U2, and Patti Smith singing “Gloria.” The show has also seen the controversial and unremarkable, ranging from Sinead O’Connor to Lana Del Rey and Ashlee Simpson, but it has never had an episode with a lineup as loaded as last Saturday’s episode.
    This week’s episode had an unprecedented lineup of talent, consisting of Jeff Beck, Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, and host Mick Jagger to close out the 2011-12 season. Arcade Fire and Jagger cut an amazing version of “Last Time” from the Rolling Stones’ 1965 album Out of Our Heads, further solidifying their reputation as an amazing band that can do just about anything. The Canadian band returned at the end of the episode to play “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday” and “She’s a Rainbow” as SNL veteran Kristen Wig took her final bow as a cast member, embracing cast members and producer Lorne Michaels. 

     The Foo Fighters, who had been helicoptered to Studio 8H following a headlining performance at New Jersey’s Bambozzle Festival, and Jagger tore through a blend “19th Nervous Breakdown” and “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It),” with lead guitar player Chris Shifflet shredding a stunning set of guitar licks to close out their performance. On Saturday evening, Shifflet was only matched by Jeff Beck, who teamed with Jagger on a debut of, “Tea Party,” a bluesy condemnation of the politics surrounding the 2012 presidential election.
    With luck, the amazing collaborations of the multiple acts returns as an SNL tradition. Last night’s episode was by the far the most memorable in a while and is likely to generate buzz that the show has been lacking for quite some time. 

A stream of Jagger and the Foo Fighters performing  “19th Nervous Breakdown” and “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” – 

Arcade Fire stream with “Only A Rainbow” and “Goodbye Ruby Tuesday” – 

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