(CNN)Jack White performed Saturday as a last-minute musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” where he paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen by using a guitar designed by the iconic rocker.
The performance included a medley of hits featuring The White Stripes’ hit song “Ball and Biscuit,” Beyoncé’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself” and Blind Willie Johnson’s “Jesus Is Coming Soon.”White didn’t actually perform any of Van Halen’s songs, saying, “i wont even insult the man’s talent by trying to play one of his songs” in an Instagram post hours before the show. 'SNL' mocks the VP debate between Kamala Harris, Mike Pence and the flyBut he did switch guitars during the performance, finishing the set with his 2014 solo hit “Lazaretto” on a blue guitar designed by Van Halen. “Eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made for me to my specs,” White wrote. View this post on Instagram
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. 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.
The Dutch-American guitarist and cofounder of rock band Van Halen died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer, his son Wolf Van Halen wrote on Twitter. Read MoreWhite wasn’t “SNL’s” first pick for the musical portion of the show, though. Morgan Wallen, a 27-year-old country music singer, was originally supposed to perform, but was dropped from the lineup after a video of him appearing at a party without a mask went viral on Tik Tok — breaching “SNL’s” coronavirus safety protocols. Wallen told his fans on Instagram that he “respects the show’s decision” and “has some growing up to do.”