“Saturday Night Live” will get a taste of New Jersey this weekend.
“SNL” announced Wednesday night that Bleachers, the explosive pop-rock group fronted by singer/producer and New Jersey native Jack Antonoff, will replace rapper Roddy Ricch as Saturday night’s musical guest after Ricch was recently exposed to COVID-19, Entertainment Weekly reports.
This is Bleachers’ first “SNL” appearance, which will likely include performances of songs from the band’s third LP, coincidentally titled “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night,” released in July. Although Antonoff has performed “SNL” before, in 2012 as a member of pop trio Fun, of “We Are Young” fame.
Saturday is the NBC icon’s first show of 2022, hosted by actress Ariana DeBose, who co-stars in “West Side Story” with Clifton native Rachel Zegler.
Antonoff, 37, grew up in New Milford and Woodcliff Lake before hitting the road with his indie rock band Steel Train in the early 2000s. He then played guitar in 2008’s Grammy-winning Fun to 2015, when the band announced their indefinite hiatus.
In 2014, Bleachers released their debut album, at which point Antonoff began producing and co-writing songs with pop stars like Taylor Swift, Sara Bareilles and Carly Rae Jepsen. Since then Antonoff has become a go-to super-producer, working with Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Pink and many more.
He’s nominated for Producer of the Year at the 2022 Grammy Awards, as well as Album of the Year in association with Swift, for his 2020 chart-topping album “Evermore.”