Fred Armisen to lead band on Meyers’ ‘Late Night’

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:46 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:47 p.m.
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Actor Fred Armisen arrives at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2013. He will handle vocals and guitar for “Late Night’s” 8G Band.
Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File Actor Fred Armisen arrives at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2013. He will handle vocals and guitar for “Late Night’s” 8G Band.

NEW YORK — Seth Meyers says former comedy colleague Fred Armisen will lead the band when he takes over NBC’s “Late Night.”

Meyers tweeted Monday that his former “Saturday Night Live” castmate will “curate and lead” the band and run it even while shooting his IFC comedy series “Portlandia.” NBC confirms the news.

Armisen is best known as a comic performer from “Portlandia” and his decade at “SNL.” But he began show business as a drummer, principally for the punk-rock band Trenchmouth in the 1990s.

He will handle vocals and guitar for “Late Night’s” 8G Band. Other players include Seth Jabour on guitar, Syd Butler on bass, Eli Janney on keyboards and Kimberly Thompson on drums.

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” premieres Feb. 24. “Portlandia” returns for its fourth season three days later.

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