E Street Band and Paul McCartney Team Up for SNL Finale
Music Mix Daily Staff
It was a full stage for Saturday Night Live’s annual Christmas episode, the last new episode to air in 2015. Everyone’s favorite famous best friends, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, hosted the show, with musical guest Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
For Springsteen and the band, it was the first live appearance on the show since 2002, but their surprise-filled performance totally satisfied the crowd. They started off by performing “Meet Me in the City,” a previously unreleased track that is featured on their recently released box set, The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, and “The Ties That Bind,” also from the album. To celebrate the release, the band is soon embarking on a 24-gig U.S. tour starting January 16th.
The biggest surprise of the night, however, was at the very end of the show. Springsteen and the band, seemingly done with their performance, were joined on stage by Santa hat-donning Poehler and Fey, who joined for a final rendition of “Santa Clause is Coming to Town.” The stage soon filled up with the entire SNL crew and, surprisingly, Sir Paul McCartney, who grabbed some sleigh bells and casually joined the performance.
This isn’t the first time McCartney has been present for SNL’s Christmas episode – in fact, he’s made it somewhat of a habit. In 2012, he showed up for a widely praised collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana. Then, in 2013, he surprised Jimmy Fallon on stage for a duet of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Although fans in the audience reacted with shock and excitement, Springsteen took to his Twitter account to hint that something special was coming: “Got a few surprises in store for #SpringsteenSNL tonight …and make sure to stay up for the end credits!”