The band, which was booked as the musical guest on the Dec. 17 episode of SNL, announced the news on social media early Sunday morning. The cancellation comes as guitarist Nick Zinner is still recovering after contracting pneumonia last month.
“As many of our fans know, Nick has pneumonia over the last month and it’s been an up and down recovery process,” the band wrote. “The band’s top priority is supporting Nick and as a result we had to pull out from our engagements of KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas and Saturday Night Live.”
“YYYs have enjoyed the incredible highs of being supported on KROQ and the huge honor of being chosen to close out SNL’s 2022, we are deeply thankful and expectedly heartbroken we cannot rise to these occasions,” the statement continues. “It’s been a tough week, and it’s been a tough year on the health front for us alongside so many artists who are committed to connecting with audiences amidst a pandemic. We send our love to our fans and supporters, thank you for your understanding and well wishes, it means the world to us. Wishing you a healthy and happy rest of 2022, we’re looking forward to a strong return in 2023. Much love, Karen, Nick, and Brian.”
Shortly after the news was announced, SNL revealed that Lizzo will replace Yeah Yeah Yeahs as the musical guest for the final episode of the year. Elvis star Austin Butler is still scheduled to host.