NBC announced on Thursday that rapper Travis Scott and recently retired folk-rock legend Paul Simon will be performing on “Saturday Night Live” when the popular sketch comedy show returns for its 44th season this fall. Scott will perform on the Oct. 6 episode, which will be hosted by fellow rapper and actress Awkwafina, while Simon will team up with host and “SNL” alum Seth Meyers on Oct. 13. It was previously announced that Kanye West would be the special musical guest on the show’s season premiere this weekend.
The Oct. 6 episode will be Travis Scott’s first time appearing on the show. The rap artist recently released his sophomore studio album with Astroworld back on Aug. 3. The carnival-like branding has been a strong theme in Scott’s current album campaign. So much so in fact that he’s even setting up his own Astroworld Music Festival in Houston on Nov. 17 as part of his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here North American Tour. Fans should assume that he’ll be filling the “SNL” performance stage with plenty of Astroworld-themed decor when he makes his debut on the show next month.
As for Paul Simon, the famous native New Yorker will return to “SNL” set having first appeared as both host and musical guest on the show’s inaugural season back in 1975. This will be Simon’s ninth appearance as the musical guest. The show’s creator Lorne Michaels had actually helped produce Simon’s 1977 televised special, in addition to the now historic Central Park concert with Art Garfunkel in 1981. One of the first performances from Simon on the show alongside George Harrison can be watched in the video above. Simon recently retired from life as a touring musician with the final hometown show of his Homeward Bound Farewell Tour in the Corona Park neighborhood of Queens, New York just last weekend.
Fans who won’t be able to make it to New York City to catch Travis Scott can click here to purchase tickets to select shows on his North American fall tour.