Saturday Night Live returned on April 25 with surprise musical guest Miley Cyrus for her second episode at home since the coronavirus outbreak. Cyrus, who weren’t announced before the show or during the opening credits, performed the Pink Floyd classic “Wish You Were Here” with producer Andrew Watt on acoustic guitar.
The stripped down version of the singer from the title song of the Pink Floyd album in 1975 Wish you were Here felt painful as she played near a campfire that cast a red glow on the singer and guitarist, who sat away from Cyrus to maintain social distance. The lyrics also seemed adapted to the current situation: “How I wish, how I wish you are here / We are only two lost souls / Swimming in a fish bowl / Year after year. “
Watt kept it simple on the guitar, letting Cyrus’ voice shine. The guitarist shared in March that he had tested positive for COVID-19, urging fans at the time to take the pandemic seriously. The 29-year-old said on Instagram that the virus made him feel like he had been “hit by a bus” and had to ask for a test several times before getting one from a private doctor. He noted of the virus, “I can’t stress this enough … This is no joke. “
during SNLfirst episode at home, Chris Martin, like Cyrus, performed a cover of a classic rock song, taking Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From the Storm”. Cyrus has already faced Pink Floyd, performing the group’s iconic “Comfortably Numb” during the iHeartRadio music festival in September 2019.
Watch the SNL performances below.