Sunday, July 3, 2022

Lester Holt Wants to Start a Wedding Band After ‘NBC Nightly News’

*Award-winning journalist Lester Holt explained to AARP why you might one day see him playing at a wedding.

When Holt signs off from “NBC Nightly News,” he hopes to take up his second passion in addition to news reporting; playing the bass guitar, Page Six reports.

“People think I’m going to write books and all of that,” Holt, 59, said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” “I want to form a wedding band.”

“I’m a bass player,” he added.

Holt plays electric bass and upright bass and he famously played at a small bed and breakfast in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, in 2013. It was captured by NBC’s cameras.

Below are quotes by Holt in an excerpt from the article on AARP’s website.

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I love all kinds of music – right now I’m in a rock band with some coworkers – but jazz is my favorite style.  There’s a freedom of expression in jazz; it’s improvisational.  I never play a tune the same way twice.

I worked weekends for many years before I became a weeknight anchor.  As I’ve become more known as an anchorman, I’ve always told myself Do not let this job define you.  Obviously, I have a passion for the news and enjoy what I do, but I’m not “Lester Holt, Anchorman.”  I’m just me, and I’ve always believed you should have something in your life that you are just as passionate about as you are about your work.  For me, it’s the bass.

I told my wife that when I retire from this job, one thing I would consider doing is being in a wedding band.  If you think about it, most people don’t go out dancing very often.  So when do they dance?  At the wedding receptions!  I was at a wedding last summer, and the band was playing all the great songs, and people were up and dancing and having a wonderful time.  And I thought, Man, what a cool job that would be – to delight people like that.  The only problem, of course, is that it would mean working weekends again.


Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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