SNL 40 Anniversary
SNL 40 Anniversary … For so many years, SNL has been a huge inspiration to so many of us. I saw my first episode when I was a little kid. Gilda Radner was doing her character “Rosanne Rosannadanna“, which became one of my nicknames because of my massive curly fro. I was hooked on the show because of the music and the impersonations of musicians such as Gilda’s Patti Smith … Classic.
To list all the musical greats who have graced the SNL stage would be a job in itself. I’m sure you can google and find out who they all were. We have some personal favorites (some of) whom we’ve had the joy of covering on our gigs: Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, Aretha, Rod Stewart, Chaka Kahn, Al Green, Prince, Alicia Keys, Eurythmics, Tom Petty, Mary J. Blige … and so on!
It’s hard to believe that SNL is 40 years old. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake opened the show brilliantly with a perfect rap of one-liners from the most memorable characters. Of course Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, and Alec Baldwin did their ‘thing’. Then a quick ditty by Paul McCartney and Paul Simon.
I don’t want to keep telling you a blow by blow of everything that happened on the show. I could, you just need to check it out. This long episode is chock full of AMAZINGNESS. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch it!
Robert DeNiro truly said it best when he called the show a “NY Tradition”. His monologue was appropriately followed by Alicia Keys singing “Empire State of Mind”. I just love that lyric, “New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of”. Indeed it is.
Thank you SNL for the many years of endless laughs and inspiration.