Bleachers Subs in For Roddy Ricch in First ‘SNL’ Musical Performance of 2022

Jack Antonoff does so much work writing and producing music for the biggest pop stars working today that it’s easy to forget he’s a performer himself. After Roddy Ricch had to give up Saturday Night Live due to exposure to COVID-19, Antonoff’s band Bleachers stepped in to take the rapper’s place alongside host Ariana DeBose of West Side Story.

During their opening performance, Bleachers took the stage to perform “How Dare You Want More”, the lead single from their latest album. Eliminate Saturday Night Sadness. Antonoff and his team rocked the stage while paying homage to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with their fashion choices and prominent use of the saxophone, injecting as much joy into their performance as possible. The bleachers may have been a relatively last-minute addition, but the indie-pop band made the most of it with the chance they were given.

Following the announcement that Ricch’s performance would take place at a later date, SNL announced that Bleachers would replace him. [SNL]”

The move comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, and it’s not the first time that SNL had to reshuffle his music plans due to the pandemic. For the final episode of 2021, Charli XCX was scheduled to be the musical guest on Paul Rudd’s episode but had to cancel her set due to a member of her crew testing positive. The singer was to perform her latest single “New Shapes” with Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek. Her appearance was canceled hours into the episode, leaving no musical guests, so at least the variety show had a few days to find a replacement this time around.

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