This weekend, Mick Jagger helped to put a lid on Saturday Night Live’s latest season, performing three times, joining in a couple of skits, and helping to send off one of the show’s brightest stars, Kristen Wiig.
In his opening monologue, lasting about three minutes, Jagger joked while he loves Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters (the bands he collaborated with on the show), his favorite new group is the musicians from the Free Credit Report Dot Com commercials. When discussing any of his past regrets, he mentioned turning down restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday’s offer to sing “Ruby Tuesday” at their opening for $1,000 and a lifetime supply of jalapeno poppers. Any Rolling Stones fans looking for clues about the band’s upcoming plans were disappointed that no reference was made to the group’s much-rumored about future palns. .
Jagger joined in a recurring skit, “The Kings Of Catchphrase Comedy,” where he played British comedian Denny “A Bit Weird Innit?” Cumberbatch. (Foo Fighter Dave Grohl guested in the skit as well, playing an exaggerated version of himself). In another skit, Jagger portrayed Steven Tyler of Aerosmith (who has never hid the fact that the Rolling Stones frontman is a big influence on him).
Jagger performed three times: He performed a medley of “19th Nervous Breakdown and “It’s Only Rock N Roll (But I Like It)” with the Foo Fighters, a band who previously opened for the Stones over a decade ago. Foo frontman Dave Grohl sang the latter song as if it were the gospel he follows, and guitarist Pat Smear beamed throughout the entire performance. The Foos are used to playing with legends: Alice Cooper and Joan Jett have joined them on stage on their latest tour, and they’ve also shared the stage with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and David Bowie in the past.
The other younger band Jagger collaborated with was Grammy winning Canadian indie rock group Arcade Fire, who seemed to have a blast with “The Last Time.” The band, generally very serious, were all smiles during the performance.
Jagger also reunited with Jeff Beck for a new song about the upcoming election called “Tea Party.” Jagger poked fun (lightly) at the Republican challenger, singing “Mr. Romney, he’s such a mensch, but he always plays it fair, Mr. Romney is a hard working man, and he always says his prayers,” also noting that you shouldn’t let him “touch your hair.” He didn’t mention President Obama by name – perhaps because he and Beck recently performed at The White House.
The show ended with one of the sweetest moments in recent SNL history, with Mick playing a guest speaker at a college graduation saying goodbye to a graduating class, and calling out cast member Kristen Wiig (it was her final show). Arcade Fire performed The Rolling Stones’ “She’s A Rainbow” and “Ruby Tuesday” as each cast member and the show’s creator/producer Lorne Michaels came out and shared a brief dance with the actress. Wiig teared up shortly into the skit, and pointed at the audience during the “still I’m gonna miss you.” And with that, the show and the season ended. Stones fans no doubt enjoyed seeing Mick doing double duty, but are still wondering what the next few months have in store for the legendary band.
– Brian Ives, CBS Local