I wasn't sure what to expect from Macca on this particular appearance on SNL. This has to be the third time I can recall seeing him on the show since the 1990's. Each time he's gotten 3 songs, and that's something they only do for some premiere musical guests.
Given the events of the past few days I was pretty certain that he'd do something down tempo. "My Valentine" struck the right chord there. While we may be tuning into SNL for some humor and entertainment, I think a lot of people are still in a state of disbelief after what happened in Connecticut. I think Paul's choice for that first song was right on.
The new song with the members of Nirvana is a refreshing change to hear from Sir Paul. Collaboration does bring out the best in him. It sounded like a harkening back to his own output from The White Album, and something that was in line with the work of the guys in Nirvana. It didn't sound forced to me. But rather like Paul is still showing just how much he loves what he does.
"Wonderful Christmas Time"? Eh. To me, it was a little weak. And a lot of that hinged on the fact that the vocal mix wasn't great. But his band is great. And they showed that in the songs they played AFTER SNL went off the air.
Sir Paul and his band continued to play at least 2 more numbers for the audience in attendance. First up? "Birthday"! It sounded great (from what I hear), and Macca was back on his Hofner for this final set. After that it was "Get Back". From what I heard, both numbers went over really well with the studio audience. I have to hope that SNL will post the performance on their website the way the Late Show does with their YouTube series, Live on Letterman.