Those of you who know me know I am a HUGE Rolling Stones (and classic rock in general) fan, so when Mick Jagger
was hosting AND being the musical guest on SNL, I made sure to watch. Mick has appeared in many skits tonight, and is quite funny in some of them, including one where he played a closeted gay actor in a 1964 "Password" style game show, one where he played a geeky insurance adjuster at a karaoke bar, who had too much stage fright to perform! While Fred Armisen
did a sensational karaoke take on "Start Me Up", and one where he played Steven Tyler
on a parody of FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance".
Of course, when Mick Jagger is on TV, you want to see him perform, and that he did, with first Arcade Fire
, then The Foo Fighters
backing him. With Arcade Fire, he sang the 1965 classic "The Last Time", then with The Foo Fighters, he sang another '65 classic "19th Nervous Breakdown and the 1974 anthem "It's Only Rock And Roll" which had an arrangement that was quite similar to T. Rex's 1971 classic "Get It On (Bang A Gong)", which is one of my favorite guilty pleasure songs! Even at nearly 69 years old, Mick is still an amazing performer. He then did a new blues song with Jeff Beck
that he wrote about the upcoming Presidential election.
After an inconsequential soap opera parody, the show ended with Mick playing a principal at a high school graduation, that doubled as a tribute to rumored departing cast member Kristen Wiig, as a band played "She's A Rainbow" and "Ruby Tuesday", while Mick, SNL Head Honcho Lorne Michaels
, and other cast members danced with her, and she began to shed a tear. Judging from her reaction to the tribute, I must believe the rumors are true. All I can say, is what a way to end a season!