Jack White was the musical guest on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live. The White Stripes frontman was announced as this week’s last-minute musical guest after country artist Morgan Walle was disinvited after violating COVID-19 protocols. He kicked off his performance with a medley of the 2003 White Stripes cut ‘Ball and Biscuit’ (with lyrics from ‘Jesus is Coming Soon’ by Blind Willie Johnson) and his Beyoncé collaboration ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’. Later, he returned to the stage to play his 2014 solo single ‘Lazaretto’. Check out his performance below.
In a tribute to the late guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died of cancer at 65 on Tuesday, White used a cobalt blue model designed by Van Halen for himself while performing ‘Lazaretto’. Sharing a photo of the guitar on social media, White wrote: “i (sic) 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. 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.”
In related news, the White Stripes are set to release their first-ever Greatest Hits compilation this December after Jack White and his label signed a new agreement with Sony Music Entertainment covering distribution of most of his recordings.