Last night was the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" and while Tina Fey brought the funny, Arcade Fire brought the rocking musical interludes.
Rolling Stone reported on Sunday that not only did Arcade Fire debut two new songs, including the incredibly catchy "Reflektor," during the broadcast, the Canadian band followed up their SNL appearance with a trippy 30-minute special called "Here Comes the Night Time." The special was previously recorded in Montreal at Salsatheque and started off with Arcade Fire frontman win Butler walking down a street, followed by a parade of fairy tale creatures including a dancing skeleton and a human-sized rabbit. As Butler made his way into the venue, he passed James Franco talking on a pay phone. Franco's appearance was just the beginning of several surprise celebrity cameos.
"Here Comes the Night" featured Arcade Fire dressed in white suits, playing tracks from their upcoming album. The band started off with "Here Comes the Night Time" before transitioning into "We Exist" and "Normal People." Throughout the performance, various celebrities made appearances including Ben Stiller and Bono hilariously getting shooed off the stage by Butler. Rainn Wilson, Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, and Michael Cera also had cameos. The musical special also featured snippets of fake commercials, giving the whole thing a retro vibe.
Arcade Fire also featured in one of the funnier skits from last night's SNL broadcast, appearing alongside new cast members while Tina Fey attempted to decide who was part of the SNL cast and who was a member of Arcade Fire.
Arcade's Fire performances on "Saturday Night Live" showcased what's in store when their new album "Reflektor" is released on October 29. The music from the album appears to mark a change in sound for the band with disco beats and pulsating synths prominent throughout. Arcade Fire's new sound is courtesy of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who helped produce the album. Fans will get to the hear the new music live when the band launches a world tour later in the year.