Fred Armisen performs onstage at 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
(USA TODAY) Seth Meyers has tapped former Saturday Night Live co-star Fred Armisen as his new Late Night bandleader.
Fred Armisen will "lead and curate" the new show's 8G Band, handling vocals and guitar, and will continue to run it from afar even when he's filming IFC comedy series Portlandia, Meyers tweeted Monday, along with a photo of the band. Armisen is best known as a comic actor, but played drums for a high-school band and began his career in 1988 as a drummer for punk band Trenchmouth in Chicago, before switching to acting.
Meyers had wrestled with whether to have a band or DJ but ultimately decided on a live band to create "energy" around the new show. Late Night With Seth Meyers premieres Feb. 24, a week after former host Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show.
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