‘SNL’ musical guest Jack White paid tribute to late music legend Eddie Van Halen, who passed away from throat cancer after a 20 year battle on Oct. 6.
Eddie Van Halen will never be forgotten. The incredibly talented guitarist was remembered with by Jack White, 45, on Saturday Night Live Oct. 10. During his first performance, The White Stripes musician placed a blue guitar donning Eddie’s initials and the first name of his son Wolfgang Van Halen,, 29, in the background as he played “Ball and Biscuit” and “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Jack was a last minute replacement for country crooner Morgan Wallen, 27, who was dropped from the line-up after a maskless partying scandal.
Jack also made note of the tribute on his own Instagram account. “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,” he began an Instagram caption on a photo of the guitar, posted on Saturday, Oct. 10. “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,” he added.