Bruce Springsteen Headed to 'Saturday Night Live'

Rocker's December return as musical guest follows debuts from Chance the Rapper, Leon Bridges

Bruce Springsteen will return to 'SNL' as a musical guest next month Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty

This December, Bruce Springsteen will return to Saturday Night Live for the first time since 2002. On December 19th, he will be the musical guest on a show co-hosted by SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who will co-star in the new film Sisters later this year.

Springsteen's episode comes just before the holiday break and follows a stacked holiday line-up. On December 5th, soul newcomer Leon Bridges will be the musical guest on an episode hosted by first-time host Ryan Gosling. Chris Hemsworth will be hosting for the second time this year on December 12th and will be joined by first-time musical guest Chance the Rapper.

Springsteen has been the show's musical guest twice in its 40-year history. He made his SNL debut in 1992 alongside host Tom Hanks and appeared later in the Matt Damon 2002 episode. In 2011, his still-growing list of collectors' edition box sets was parodied by the show with host Ben Stiller playing the rocker and Fred Armisen playing Steve Van Zandt. In the fake commercial, Stiller as Springsteen debuts a new box set called Bruce Springsteen: Just the Stories containing all his between-song anecdotes, including "My Brother Gave Me a Haircut With a Buck-knife" and "This One Time We All Got Bandanas." Stiller has previously played Springsteen in a 1998 MTV skit that cast the singer as a huge Puff Daddy fan.

As SNL celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year, Springsteen also celebrated a 40th anniversary for his iconic album Born to Run.