Jack White’s performance on this last weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” will surely go down as one of this season’s greatest.
Stepping in as a last-minute replacement on Friday, after country singer Morgan Wallen violated SNL’s Covid-19 safety protocols, White paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen by using a guitar designed by the iconic rocker.
On his Instagram White commented that Van Halen ensured that it was made for White to his specs, and that he wouldn’t even try insult the man’s legacy by covering one of his tracks. But watch closely for White’s nod to Van Halen’s trademark finger-tapping style during his “Lazaretto” solo towards the end.
White also performed a medley that fused the most unexpected pieces of his songs together kicking off with “Don’t Hurt Yourself” (the song he co-wrote and performed on Beyoncé‘s Lemonade) before moving to a version of The White Stripes’ “Ball and Biscuit” that also incorporated lyrics from Blind Willie Johnson’s “Jesus Is Coming Soon.” Yes, really.
If you weren’t already aware, Jack White is a musical god. Enjoy these two videos, and if you’re not having a particularly good start to the week, play them twice.