Jack White pays tribute to late guitar great Eddie Van Halen with his 'SNL' performance
Jack White on Saturday Night Live. NBC
Jack White paid tribute to the late guitar star Eddie Van Halen during his appearance on "Saturday Night Live".
White played a guitar that Van Halen had personally given him.
If you look closely, you'll also see White pecking the neck of the guitar with his fingers, which Van Halen was known for.
Eddie Van Halen died on October 6th after battling throat cancer.
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Jack White showed off his guitar skills and subtly nodded to one of the greats during his appearance on "Saturday Night Live".
The former White Stripes frontman played the song "Lazaretto" from his 2014 album of the same name with an Eddie Van Halen blue guitar. The band's revolutionary lead guitarist, Van Halen, died on October 6th.
"The guitar was designed by Eddie (with some adjustments that I added)," White said in an Instagram post. "Eddie was very nice to me and made sure this guitar was made for me to my specifications. I'm not even going to offend the man's talent by trying to play one of his songs tonight. Thank you again Eddie, for that guitar and rest in peace sir. "
As White wrote, there were no riffs from Van Halen songs while he was playing "Lazaretto". However, fans of Eddie's craftsmanship will find White finger picking the neck of the guitar, which was a classic Van Halen move.
Jack White fingerpicking like Eddie Van Halen. NBC
Eddie Van Halen died of throat cancer at the age of 65. His incredible guitar riffs and songwriting made the group Van Halen, which he formed with his brother drummer Alex, one of the most influential rock bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Eddie Van Halen. Icon and Image / Getty Images
White was a final addition to the show after the original musical guest for this week's episode, Morgan Wallen, was scratched after failing to abide by social distancing rules.
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