Mick Jagger Gets Hosting, Performing Duties on SNL

In a surprise announcement, NBC has revealed that Mick Jagger will host the season finale of this year’s season of “Saturday Night Live.” He will also be the musical guest for the episode.

Though Jagger has appeared on the show five times through the years, this will be his first stint as host for the legendary comedy sketch show. But the most surprising aspect of his appearance is that he doesn’t seem to have anything to promote at the moment.

Though speculation about what the Rolling Stones will do to mark its 50th anniversary has been running rampant this year, both Jagger and Keith Richards have said that they consider 2013 to be the real 50th anniversary of the band. Though unofficial, a new album and tour are expected next year, likely along with new retrospective collections and other anniversary markers.

NBC’s announcement doesn’t comment on what music Jagger will perform. The singer hasn’t released a solo album since 2001’s Goddess in the Doorway, and his super group SuperHeavy hasn’t done anything since last year. That group includes Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman along with Jagger.

Because of the lack of any album or tour for Jagger to support, many, including Forbes, have speculated that Keith Richards may make an appearance during the show. Forbes also cites reports that Richards has been writing new songs for the group, and that Jagger has heard the demos, so the prospect of hearing a new Rolling Stones may not be impossible.

Jagger last appeared on ‘SNL’ last December in an episode hosted by former ‘SNL’ cast member Jimmy Fallon. Fallon played Jagger’s reflection in a mirror during Jagger’s sketch as Mick asked “Saturday Night Live again! What more can I do?”

Another memorable Jagger skit came in the early 1990s. Jagger played Richards while Mike Myers appeared as Jagger.