Watch Adele s SNL Monologue And HER s New Songs - NPR
|NPR 25 Oct 2020 at 10:59|
It s been nearly five years since Adele released her blockbuster, Grammy-festooned album 25 — so you d be forgiven for wondering whether fans would be treated to new material during the singer s return to Saturday Night Live. But she was the host, not the musical guest.
In her opening monologue, Adele offered an explanation that doubled as an update of sorts: "I know there s been a lot of chatter about me just being the host," the singer said. "Like why isn t she the musical guest and stuff like that, and there s a couple of reasons: My album s not finished, and I m also too scared to do both."
Still, lest SNL be accused of leaving a high-performing sports car idling in the garage, it did find an opportunity for Adele to sing excerpts from four of her best-known songs — "Someone Like You," "Hello," "When We Were Young" and "Rolling in the Deep" — in a sketch set during a season opener of The Bachelor. (Later, the singer derailed a different sketch by busting out laughing repeatedly, but she otherwise held her own.)
Of course, SNL booked a different high-octane musical guest in H.E.R. , who performed "Damage" — the single she d released just a few days earlier — and an even newer song called "Hold On." The studio version of the latter track dropped on streaming services Saturday night.
Always a smooth and low-key presence onstage, H.E.R. kept both performances fairly subdued, but "Hold On" did give her a welcome opportunity to bust out some of her signature guitar heroics.