Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were the musical guests on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, performing “Ghosts” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams” for their first live performance together in four years.
The E Street Band were not at full strength: their bass player Garry Tallent and violinist Soozie Tyrell were both absent “due to COVID restrictions and concerns,” Springsteen revealed in a tweet. “Garry and his family are fine as is Soozie, but we thank Jack Daley of the Disciples of Soul for sitting in.”
Nevertheless, surrounded by festive lighting and boughs of holly, they delivered a rousing performance of the two tracks from Springsteen’s latest album Letter to You. “Ghosts” was particularly poignant: Jake Clemons, the nephew of and replacement for late E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons, briefly took the spotlight for a solo on the song—which was originally inspired by the deaths of Clemons and former E Street Band member Danny Federici.
“I’ll See You in My Dreams”: