Digest: Elton John to Host 'Saturday Night Live'; Foo Fighters Play Secret Show in London

Also: GZA-inspired sitcom in the works, Willow Smith debuts new single, Strokes headline Sweetlife Festival

February 28, 2011 12:40 PM ET
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Elton John
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Elton John to Host 'SNL'
Elton John has been announced as the host and musical guest – with Leon Russell, with whom he released an album, The Union, last year – for the April 2nd episode of Saturday Night Live. It will be John's first time hosting SNL, and his first appearance on the show since 1982. [Hollywood Reporter]

Foo Fighters Play Secret Show in London
One night after headlining a concert at Wembley Arena in London, the Foo Fighters played an intimate show before 500 fans at a small club called Dingwalls in Camden. The band played the entirety of their forthcoming record Wasting Light along with hits such as "Everlong" and "This Is a Call." [Guardian]

GZA-Inspired Sitcom in the Works
Former Numbers star David Krumholtz is developing Igotchaback, a single-camera sitcom for FX loosely based on the lives of Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA and his publicist Heathcliff Berru. Krumholtz is expected to star in the publicist role. [Deadline Hollywood]

Willow Smith Single Debuts on 'Seacrest'
"21st Century Girl," Willow Smith's follow-up to her smash hit debut single "Whip My Hair" debuted on On-Air with Ryan Seacrest earlier today. The song will be available in the iTunes store at midnight and will be performed by Smith on tomorrow's episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show. [Ryan Seacrest]

The Strokes Headline Sweetlife Festival
The Strokes have been announced as the headliner of the Sweetlife Festival on April 30th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. In addition to music, the eco-friendly festival will also feature food from local farmers. [Sweetlife Festival]

MORE: Willow Smith to Release New Single on Monday; Kanye West Pulls 'All of the Lights' From YouTube

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