After The Roots followed Jimmy Fallon to The Tonight Show, Late Night needed a new band to go along with its new host, Seth Meyers. The Saturday Night Live veteran decided to call an old friend to fill the job.
Fred Armisen, another decade-plus SNL cast member, will headline the new Late Night band when the show debuts on February 24, Meyers announced over Twitter on Monday. And don't worry, Portlandia fans, nothing terrible is about to happen to your beloved IFC show. "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia," Meyers added. (
The identities of the other people in the 8G Band, a reference to the studio in Rockefeller Center where the show is filmed, are currently unknown. Got a tip? Send us a note. Per Splitsider: "From left to right in the photo, the band includes Seth Jabour (Les Savy Fav) on guitar, Kimberly Thompson (session drummer...) on drums, Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys) on keyboards, and Syd Butler (Les Savy Fav) on bass.")
The news may seem unexpected to those who only know Armisen for his comedy work. He has a ton of experience in the New York music scene. Last year, for his final SNL sketch, Armisen was joined onstage by Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, cool kid illuminati couple Aimee Mann and Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones, for one final performance as Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros, the recurring Brit-punk band Armisen sometimes performs with in real life. The Bizarros once opened for Vampire Weekend at New York's Roseland Ballroom.