Whoa — Fred Armisen Is Going to Be the Band Leader on ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers’

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As recently as a month ago, it looked like the new Late Night might downplay the musical side of things, making a stark departure from Jimmy Fallon’s era with the Roots. And suddenly it’s a Monday afternoon and Seth Meyers is tweeting that Fred Armisen is his new band leader! “Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he’s off shooting Portlandia,” Meyers writes. Aside from making Portlandia with Carrie Brownstein — a rocker long before she was a comedic actress — Armisen also has his own storied history of musicianship, having played drums since high school, wound up on albums by established acts, performed with the Blue Man Group, and invented characters like Portlandia’s Pet Sounds-obsessed home studio guy and the Clash-obsessed Ian Rubbish. Splitsider has a great collection of some of Armisen’s best musical moments on SNL, as well as a rundown of the rest of the band thus far: There’s Les Savy Fav’s Seth Jabour and Syd Butler, Beyoncé session drummer Kimberly Thompson, and Girls Against Boys keyboardist Eli Janney.

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