“Live from New York! It’s Saturday night!” Those seven words launched a television phenomenon way back on October 11, 1975. Besides cutting comedy, the show always had a live performer each and every week. And, for the most part, they performed live.
Saturday Night Live (SNL) became an institution. Much like Ed Sullivan was Mr. Sunday night in the 1960s, the Not Ready For Prime Time Players became the Saturday night go to programme.
Not every live performance is stellar, but, lets be honest, when the comedy was suffering during specific times, we all tuned in to see who was performing live. Tom Petty, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Kanye, Beastie Boys, Prince, Fall Out Boy, Desi Arnaz (yes, THAT Desi Arnaz from “I Love Lucy” performed with his son, Desi Arnaz Jr.), Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, the list goes on and on….
We all have our favourites and the ones we watched through half shut eyes, wincing at the horrible performance. But music fans loved the show and for over four decades, it is still a chance to see your favourite bands/artists perform live. Not to mention the wonderful hosts they get each week.
There is a lot to talk about when you start talking SNL, we give our favourites, highlights, Triumphs and Trainwrecks….enjoy.