Paul McCartney joins Bruce Springsteen, SNL cast on ‘Santa Claus Is Comin’ to …

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Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 1975, told in photos.

To close out Saturday Night Live, the Boss was joined by the SNL cast and some up-and-comer named Paul McCartney on jingle bells and backing vocals to sing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Vets Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph — not to be confused with Rudolph the red nosed reindeer — danced with the current cast in a flurry of TV magic snowflakes. Bruce Springsteen brought a taste of his upcoming “River” tour to “Saturday Night Live” last night, to the joyful sounds of the cattle-like fan call “Bruuuuuuuuce!”.With everyone back in town for the holidays, Saturday Night Live’s annual Christmas episode often includes a few surprise guests, and Sir Paul McCartney is usually among them.The 66-year-old entertainer was joined on stage by that night’s hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, in addition to Beatles legend Paul McCartney, who helped with the sleigh bells. The band kicked off their two-song set with the triumphant “Meet Me in the City,” a previously unreleased song that finally saw light of day on the new “The Ties that Bind: The River Collection” box set, proving that even the supposed junk Bruce has sitting around in his closet is still better than 90 percent of what’s out there in the world: They brought back the band for a stirring rendition of “The Ties That Bind.” If you haven’t seen Jake Clemons play the sax solo on this song, you’re missing out:

In 2012, Macca teamed with the surviving members of Nirvana for a special collaborative performance, only to return a year later for a surprise appearance during Jimmy Fallon’s opening monologue. We knew that Springsteen sang the truth, a poet with a raw sound that brought us under a spell. “After four days trapped within the claustrophobic walls of New York’s Record Plant studio in July 1975, time had long since blurred for Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen hinted at a McCartney Christmas cameo after tweeting a photo from backstage and writing, “Got a few surprises in store for #SpringsteenSNL tonight…and make sure to stay up for the end credits.” Bobby Moynihan commemorated the occassion with an SNL cast selfie posted to Twitter. Springsteen followed that up with an exhilarating rendition of The River’s opening track “The Ties That Bind,” which featured a solo by saxophonist Jake Clemons, the nephew of the late Clarence “The Big Man” Clemons.

An environment that should have symbolized creative freedom had become a prison,” Pyle begins. “Sleep-deprived and driven by perfectionist zeal, he was being pulled between two irreconcilable forces: an album he was simply unable to finish to his own satisfaction, even after over a year of labor and sweat; and the sell-out audience waiting for him that night in Providence, Rhode Island. But, as sound engineer Jimmy Iovine described the tortured creation of ‘Born to Run,’ ‘he had a picture in his head and as tired as he was, he wouldn’t let go of that picture’.” This book of intimate photos, punctuated with quotes and essays, shows the band when they were playing gigs where they lucky to change in a school locker room.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Pyle managed to be deep inside the band — riding on a crummy bus, taking them home to her parents for dinner – yet there’s enough distance that these aren’t the snapshots of a besotted fan. The book features the E Street musicians who died, Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici, and “Miami” Steve Van Zandt, Roy Bittan, Garry Tallent and Max Weinberg. “Clarence Clemons was a kind and gentle giant of a man. Iovine writes about how the first two records were “just songs with some electric guitar.” Yet, he recalls how “the guitar parts on ‘Thunder Road’ were thirteen hours in the studio.

Again’.” Finally, the album was done and Iovine took a train to Baltimore to play it for Springsteen. “We’re listening to it on a stereo he’d just bought with two speakers and a turntable.

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