Jack Antonoff's Bleachers tapped as 'SNL' musical guest after Roddy Ricch drops out due to COVID exposure

Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — Pop-rock band Bleachers have been tapped to replace Roddy Ricch as the “Saturday Night Live” musical guest this weekend after the rapper pulled out due to COVID-19 exposure.

The long-running NBC sketch comedy series announced Wednesday night that the Jack Antonoff-fronted group will perform on it first show of 2022, hosted by “West Side Story” star Ariana DeBose.

The appearance will be the first time for the New York City-based band, who released their third opus, “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night,” in July.

Antonoff, 37, has produced and co-wrote songs Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Pink and most recently Diana Ross.

Already a five-time Grammy Award winner, the Bergenfield, New Jersey, native is nominated for producer of the year at the 2022 Grammy Awards, as well as for album of the year in association with Swift, for her chart-topping 2020 album “Evermore.”

Ricch, a Grammy Award-winning Atlantic Records artist was reportedly exposed to a team member who has COVID-19.


The Compton, California, native rapper dropped his second studio album, “LIVE LIFE FAST” last month, featuring Future, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, Ty Doll $ign, Lil Baby, Gunna, and Takeoff from Migos.

The 18-track project is the follow-up to his 2019 RIAA double-Platinum debut album, “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial,” which spurred the RIAA-certified Diamond certified song “The Box.”

The 23-year-old MC (whose given name is Rodrick Wayne Moore Jr.) will be one of the headliners of the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival being held June 16-19 at the Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee.


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