If you’re an artist and you’re still not sure how to really “bring it” on stage, sit back and take some notes. You’re about to get a crash course in how to burn that mf’er to the ground.
Back in 2017, Sturgill Simpson took to the SNL stage for a face-melting performance of “Call To Arms,” a fan favorite from the Grammy-winning A Sailor’s Guide To Earth record.
Knocking into the symbols with the guitar head, keys player Bobby Emmett literally surfing on the organ (which Sturgill said later cost him a deal with Hammond), Sturgill kicking the organ while running around like a mad man, and finally the big crescendo… Sturgill smashes the guitar down, scowling at the crowd with the most intense game face I’ve ever seen in the history of music.
And in that moment, Sturgill forever cemented himself as a first-ballot inductee in the “Blow The Fucking Roof Off” Hall of Fame.
Ladies and gentleman… the baddest performance in Saturday Night Live history.