Jack White performed a slew of songs on the latest episode of Saturday Night Live, where he managed to pay subtle tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen.
White treated the SNL audience to a run of career-spanning gems, playing 2014 single “Lazaretto” and a three-song medley of The White Stripes’ “Ball and Biscuit,” Blind Willie Johnson’s “Jesus is Coming Soon” and part of his Beyoncé collaboration “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” cut from the pop star’s Lemonade LP.
White also paid respect to Van Halen, who passed last week, by shredding on a customized Eddie Van Halen guitar during his set-closing performance of “Lazaretto.”
“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 explained 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 won’t even insult the man’s talent by trying to play one of his songs tonight.”
White was the second artist to play this season of SNL, following the rapper Megan Thee Stallion. He was a last-minute replacement for country musician Morgan Wallen, who had been disinvited from the show after footage emerged of Wallen attending a cramped house party without wearing a face mask, going against the show’s strict COVID-19 guidelines.
See Jack White’s appearance on SNL below.
“Ball and Biscuit/Jesus is Coming Soon/Don’t Hurt Yourself”: