Taylor Swift on ‘SNL’: ‘Too Well’ Packs Passionate Punch

Taylor Swift did a passionate, 10-minute performance of “All Too Well” on “Saturday Night Live” as she continued the momentum behind Friday’s release of “Red (Taylor’s Version).”

The moody, anthem ballad has become a fan favorite over the years and has been expanded from the original 2012 version of the song. Swift began the performance with an acoustic guitar and by the end was accompanied by two female backup singers. Swift and a number of musicians performed on a piece of autumn leaves and in front of a giant screen projection of the short film “Too Good,” which she directed and released on Friday.

Swift was playful during the performance. She rolled her eyes and turned her finger as she sang one of the new lyrics of “Too Good”: “Drinking coffee like you were on a late night show.” And when she handed over the line “I remember the first snowfall,” a light rain of flakes began to fall on Swift, which resulted in an off-the-shoulder black body suit.

Jonathan Majors, star of Netflix’s new western drama “The Harder They Fall,” hosted this week’s episode.

Earlier in the episode, Swift made a surprise appearance in a pre-recorded segment with “SNL” star Pete Davidson and a trio of the show’s writers – Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy – who also perform as the comedy group Please Don’t Destroy. She appeared to add a few suffocating lines to Davidson’s “Three Sad Virgins” music video, which features the three fresh young men who look like “sad Ron Weasley,” as Swift sang, invoking the “Harry Potter” character.

Swift’s fifth appearance as a musical guest at “SNL” comes at a busy time for the superstar. On November 12, she released her second album re-recording of her early Big Machine work, “Red (Taylor’s Version)” and the short film “All Too Well”. The new rendition of the 2012 album is expanded to 30 tracks, from 16. So far it has been well received by critics.

Within a day of release, Swift broke her own record for the most-released album in one day of female in Spotify history. “Red (Taylor’s Version),” distributed by Republic Records, collected more than 90.8 million streams on the first day.

Swift is unlike most pop artists in continuing to maintain a robust sales presence, and sales estimates have not yet come for the two-CD or four-LP versions of “Red (Taylor’s Version).” But it won’t be a surprise if the vinyl release sets any record when the first-week figures come out, as her fans have demonstrably accepted that format in the year and a half since “Folklore” vinyl became a phenomenon, with the recent delayed LP release of “Fearless (Taylor’s version) “being the key factor for returning that album to number 1.

Beyond already serious repressed interest, Swift helped gooseflows and sales with back-to-back appearances on November 11 by plugging the new model “Red” at NBC’s late night duo, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers. “

Swift made her “SNL” debut in 2009. That year, when her profile exploded, Swift appeared on the show in January as a musical guest, performing “Love Story” and “Forever & Always.” By November she was back as a host and musical guest, delivering “Untouchable” and “You Belong With Me”. She made a brief non-musical appearance on SNL’s special 40th anniversary in 2015, and she returned to the show for show breaks in 2017 and 2019.

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