Jack White pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen in SNL performance for the ages

The White Stripes’ Jack White has offered up a heartfelt tribute to Eddie Van Halen in an unforgettable Saturday Night Live performance.

Jack White has paid a touching tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen whilst appearing on Saturday Night Live for a performance over the weekend.

White stepped in at the last-minute after country singer Morgan Wallen was forced to drop out due to violating COVID-19 safety protocols.

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The audience was treated to some of White’s greatest hits including his Beyoncé collaboration Don’t Hurt Yourself and the 2003 Stripes’ track, Ball and Biscuit. The latter featured a surprise re-work, including lyrics from a traditional gospel song about the Spanish Flu, Jesus is Coming Soon. 

Accompanied by drummer Daru Jones and bassist Dominic John Davis, White then launched into a rendition of the title track from his second solo album, Lazaretto. However, the performance was made all the more special by White’s decision to play a guitar designed by Van Halen.

“i thought it could be a nice gesture for me to use this blue eddie van halen model guitar for one of the songs tonight on SNL,” White described on Instagram.

“the guitar was designed by eddie (with a few customizations i had added). eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made for me to my specs. i wont even insult the man’s talent by trying to play one of his songs tonight. thanks again eddie for this guitar and rest in peace sir.” 

Check out the performance in full below.