Home Music Paul McCartney Saves “SNL” With Record Four Songs

I’m going to go out on a limb here. I don’t think any other act has had four songs on “Saturday Night Live.”

Paul McCartney just closed the show with “Get Back.” Before that, in order, he performed “Jet,” “Band on the Run,” and a medley of “A Day in the Life” with John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.”

We can assume the last bit was a tribute to Lennon, who was murdered 30 years ago this week.

McCartney also participated in a digital short that was aired during the show.

Famously, McCartney and Lennon once almost went down to the “Saturday Night Live” studios in the late 1970s. They might have performed together. Instead, the story has become a legend. McCartney has appeared on “SNL” just one other time, in February 1993, with Alec Baldwin as host. He did three songs that night: “Hey Jude,” “Biker Like An Icon,” and “Get Out of My Way.”

The reason for Saturday night’s appearance: to plug the newly issued gorgeous box set of “Band on the Run, all remastered with lots of extras; and the Beatles finally being available for digital download on ITunes. Coincidentally, tonight’s performances are on ITunes as well.

Now McCartney heads to the famous Apollo Theater for a historic show on Monday night, courtesy of Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Sirius is also launching a Paul pop  up station with all his hits.

McCartney and his band sang and played LIVE tonight. You kids may not know what that’s like. There was no lip synching or track or ornamentation. It was refreshingly real, compared to the packaged product you are used to hearing on TV now.

As for “SNL”: after several good seasons, this year it is mostly unwatchable. Last night was no exception. It’s not just the writing. The new cast members are lifeless. Where the heck is Darrell Hammond when you need him? And what’s happened to Andy Samberg? That 1993 cast by the way included Chris Rock, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin Nealon, Ellen Cleghorne, Tim Meadows, and Julia Sweeney.

PS Paul Rudd did the best he could.

13 replies to this post
  1. I cannot agree more…the drummer, although playing the correct drums,cymbals, etc., was at times ahead of the sound and others behind…it was obvious even to this barely novice steering wheel drummer this was pre-recorded…

    However, with all that he and the balance of the Fab have given us, a pass in always in order.

  2. The recent Anne Hathaway- hosted SNL episode was the best SNL episode in years. And, Anne proved she is one of the best young talents in the entertainment business. Her impressions of Judy Garland, Katie Holmes, and Kate Middleton were outstandingly brilliant- she made it look so easy. I still cannot think of another young actress that could have pulled-off her knack of great comedic timing and her wonderful gift for mimicry. Seriously, I have not been this impressed by a young talent in years. After her incredible SNL gig, it is not surprising Hathaway was asked to co-host the Oscars.

  3. I believe that he also appeared during a separate show in the 1990’s. As I recall he helped Adam Sandler sing a silly song ” Red hooded sweatshirt.” I believe that he also appeared in a skit with Chris Farley on the same show. He may have also appeared on a separate show in the 1980’s when he sang Let It Be.

  4. @ Kyle, idk if you’re blind or tonedeaf, but Paul WAS playing the bass, they were definitely not lip syncing. You can easily tell by the background vocals by the drummer and the notes paul was playing on the bass which the camera kept focusing on.

  5. The Band performed “Life is a Carnival,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Stage Fright,” and “Georgia on My Mind” when they were on SLN in 1976….

  6. It was not well engineered. Even Paul McCartney should come in for a sound check. If they keyed it down a couple notes no one would have noticed and he wouldn’t have had to strain. But then again, he would have had to relearn the bassline as well as everyone else in the band.

  7. They are Lip Syncing and they are not even playing the guitars or bass. Watch while they play ‘A Day in the Life’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’ I’m a huge Beatles/McCartney fan but, it was embarrassing.

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