Bruce Springsteen Shares Throwback Photo, COVID-19 Update Ahead of Dec. 12 SNL Performance

by Quentin Blount

Rock star Bruce Springsteen took to social media recently to share a throwback photo of the last time his band played on Saturday Night Live.

On December 12, Springsteen will play an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by actor Timothée Chalamet. Springsteen and the E Street Band were announced as the musical guest for the episode back in November.

The 24-year-old Chalamet got an Oscar nomination for the 2017 film Call Me By Your Name. He also stars as Paul Atreides in the upcoming remake of Dune. This will be his first time hosting the show. However, it is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s fourth time appearing as a musical guest.

Springsteen, 71, previously played on SNL in 1992 with then host Tom Hanks. He then played again in 2002 (host Matt Damon), and 2015 (Tina Fey and Amy Poehler).

The legendary rocker took to Twitter on Thursday ahead of his appearance on the show. He gave his fans an update regarding the status of E Street Band bass player Garry Tallent and violinist Soozie Tyrell. The E Street Band will be missing them due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’ll be missing our great bass player @gwtallent and our compatriot Soozie Tyrell on Saturday night due to COVID restrictions and concerns. Garry and his family are fine as is Soozie, but we thank Jack Daley of the Disciples of Soul for sitting in.”

Springsteen also includes a photo of the band at SNL from 2015. In the caption he wrote, “Here’s a shot from the last time the E Street Band visited @nbcsnl in 2015… see ya Saturday!”

Springsteen has also been impersonated multiple times on the show by the likes of Gary Kroeger, Adam Sandler, Will Forte, and Ben Stiller.

Despite the difficult circumstances surrounding making music in 2020, Bruce Springsteen was still able to come through for his fans in a big way. Springsteen’s work on his album Letter to You earned him a well-deserved spot on “Billboard’s Best Albums of 2020.

In Letter to You, Springsteen takes a moment to look back on what has been a whirlwind of a career. With “Last Man Standing,” Springsteen reflects on his time with his teenage rock group, The Castiles. In “Janey Needs a Shooter,” the singer seems to call back to the hit song “Talking about my Baby.” It’s as though he longs for a simpler time which the 1970s provided.

The 71-year-old also takes time to confront the idea of growing older in the song “Ghosts.” The song combats the idea head-on: he may be getting older, but he fully intends to keep rocking as long as time will allow.