SNL Will Let Prince Play An 8-Minute Jam

Saturday Night Live musical performances aren’t really known for their inventiveness. Sure, there’s the occasional exaggerated stunt (or blunder), but it seems like it’s mostly just another PR stepping stone artists have to get through, and the music always feels tangentially related to the goings-on of the actual show. But leave it to Prince to do something a little different: for his first SNL performance in eight years, he’ll be playing an eight-minute jam session in the middle of the show with no commercial interruption, instead of splitting his performance into two separate segments as SNL musical guests usually do. He’ll be accompanied by his backing band 3RDEYEGIRL. Apparently, Chris Rock (who is hosting) specifically requested that Prince play to celebrate Rock’s first hosting appearance on the show in 18 years. (That’s Rock dressed as the singer above in photo from Grown Ups 2 that was put out along with the announcement.) The episode will air this Saturday.