The country superstar performed two songs live from Studio 8H in New York City’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Along with performing two songs on the show, the “More Than My Hometown” singer joined in on a hilarious skit about his wild weekend at The University of Alabama in Alabama, where he broke COVID-19 protocol which forced his removal as musical guest from the Oct. 10 SNL show.
During the skit, he was seen reenacting his weekend in Alabama from a bar scene, where he hooked up with a girl and requested that she didn’t post the video she captured on social media and she promised not too. Soon after, ghosts of Wallen’s future (Pete Davidson, Jason Bateman and Bowen Yang) appeared to joke about what happened and warn him that they’d have him back in the future as not many people are willing to fly into the city right now.
“They’re going to have you on in two months from now. There aren’t many people willing to fly to New York right now,” Davidson told Wallen during the sketch.
Two months ago at The University of Alabama… pic.twitter.com/IVkNMUoLUf
He then performed “7 Summers” as his first song while playing guitar alongside his full band which includes Luke “Cowboy” Rice, Mark “Taco” Annino, Dominic Frost and Tyler Tomlinson. They performed the track from in front of a massive lighting display in the shape of an M on the iconic late-night show stage.
To end the show, Wallen brought the energy during a stunning performance of his new song “Still Goin Down.”
“7 Summers” and “Still Goin Down” are both set to appear on his upcoming album, Dangerous: The Double Album, which is set for release on January 8, 2021.
Ozark star Jason Bateman hosted the show, while Wallen performed during the two usual musical guest spots.
Wallen was originally slated to make his SNL debut on October 10 but was removed (replaced by Jack White) for breaking COVID-19 protocols. He later apologized for his actions and accepted full responsibility before taking a month-long break from the spotlight to “go work on” himself.
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