'Rest in peace sir': Jack White pays tribute to Eddie Van Halen on 'SNL' by playing special guitar
Jack White dedicated his musical performance "Saturday Night Live" to another rock colleague: Eddie Van Halen.
In a touching tribute to the late Van Halen, who died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 65, the front man of "The White Stripes" gave up his own guitar to use a cobalt blue model that Van Halen designed for White while performing his song "Lazaretto". ""
The show then showed a short clip of Van Halen's guitar performance in February 1987 on Saturday Night Live. Host Bill Burr ended the show with the words "Rest in Peace, Eddie Van Halen".
Hours before his performance, White, 45, teased that he would use his Saturday Night Live performance to honor the musical legend he described as "very nice."
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"I (sic) thought it might be a nice touch for me to use this blue Eddie van Halen model guitar for one of the songs tonight at SNL," he signed a photo of his guitar on Saturday. "Eddie was really 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. "
Earlier this week, "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels announced that White would be joining host Burr as a musical guest after country singer Morgan Wallen was not invited after violating COVID-19 protocols.
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Wallen played a college football game in Alabama in Tuscaloosa last Saturday. Several videos posted on TikTok show the singer posing maskless for photos, kissing women and playing guitar in a narrow circle of viewers. Although he is "not positive for COVID," Wallen said he "respects the show's decision" because he understands that he is "putting those involved in danger".
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