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On this day in music history: April 24, 1976 - In a spoof of the numerous financial offers that The Beatles have received to reunite, Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels offers the band a check for $3,000 to play on the show. Ironically on that very evening, Paul McCartney is visiting John Lennon at his apartment at The Dakota in New York City and are watching the live broadcast. The two nearly decide to jump into a taxi and go over to the studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza to take up Michaels on his offer. But they decide they’re too tired and stay in instead. On November 20, 1976, George Harrison appears on SNL as a musical guest that week (with host Paul Simon). In a taped segment with Lorne Michaels, Harrison will try to collect the $3,000 check on behalf of the group. When Michaels offers only George’s share of the money ($750), Harrison calls the producer “chintzy” before Michaels offers him another $250 to say the show’s opening tag line “Live From New York, It’s Saturday Night!”.

Jay-Z and Jadakiss, photographed at the release party for Robin Thicke’s third studio album Something Else, held at the fine-dining Rainbow Room restaurant on the 65th floor of the Comcast Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, on September 30, 2008.

How wild must it have been to be someone like oblivious to snl coming to 30 rock on a day andy and bill were filming laser cats. Like imagine being some random business person and going to a serious meeting at 30 rockefeller plaza and the elevator doors open to two grown ass men in capes and helmets pretending to shoot lasers at each other with toy fucking cats what a world we live in

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Bill: I can say it. I think she’s awesome. The thing about Kristen that always blows my mind—and other writers feel the same way—is that every week, she has a new move that no one has seen before.
Kristen: Well, that’s how I feel about you, and that’s how a lot of people feel about you. I’m throwing it back at you.

Jay-Z and Diddy, photographed at the release party for Robin Thicke’s third studio album Something Else, held at the fine-dining Rainbow Room restaurant on the 65th floor of the Comcast Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, on September 30, 2008.

The 70-story RCA Building. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between West 49th to 50th Streets and Fifth to Avenue of the Americas. Rockefeller Center. Associated Architects (Reinhard & Hofmeister; Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray; Raymond Hood, Godley & Fouilhoux), 1931-1933. 

View looking west of the new RCA Building, at Rockefeller Center from the top of 444 Madison Avenue Building, in the Summer of 1933. The Center’s 32-story RKO Building (Associateda Architext, 1932) with Radio City Music Hall is at right.

Photo: Rockefeller Center, Inc.

Source: Alan Balfour “Rockefeller Center. Architecture as Theater” (New York. McGraw-Hill. 1978).

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“I’ll never forget my very first [SNL] show. I had a card in my changing room from Kristen Wiig. It just had a heart on the inside, and she’d written “Have fun.” That always stayed with me.”

-Nasim Pedrad