'The White Stripes' Frontman Jack White Plays on Special Guitar in Tribute to Eddie Van Halen

Olowokandi Fiyin
Oct 12, 2020
11:56 A.M.
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Jack White, the lead singer of The White Stripes, paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen by using a special cobalt blue guitar during a recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Eddie Van Halen’s legacy still strongly lives on! Over the weekend, the frontman of The White Stripes, Jack White, honored the late guitarist with a captivating performance on “Saturday Night Live.”

White performed his hit song “Lazaretto” at the show, but instead of using his guitar, the 45-year-old lead singer opted for unique cobalt blue guitar that Eddie designed for him specially. 

Jack White of The Raconteurs performs at Orlando Calling Music Festival - Day 1 at Florida Citrus Bowl on November 12, 2011 in Orlando, Florida | Photo: Getty Images


The 3 minutes 40 seconds performance, which was uploaded on “SNL” YouTube, has already garnered over 843,000 views and 13,000 likes. Before his rendition, White took to Instagram to let fans know that he would be dedicating that night’s performance to Eddie. Sharing several photos of the cobalt blue guitar, he wrote:

“Eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made for me to my specs. I won’t even insult the man’s talent by trying to play one of his songs tonight. Thanks again, Eddie, for this guitar. [sic]”


“SNL” didn’t forget to pay a tribute of their own as they aired a short clip of Eddie’s performance on the show in February 1987, after which host Bill Burr concluded saying the deceased should rest in peace.

Eddie’s demise was announced on October 6 via a statement from his only son, Wolfgang Van Halen.


Singer John Mayer also paid tribute to Eddie in the wake of his tragic demise via an emotional post on Instagram. In the accompanying caption, Mayer explained that the late “Eruption” crooner was his inspiration. He wrote

“Looking up to him as a young kid was one of the driving forces in my needing to pick up a guitar. I was so blown away watching him exert such control and expression over his instrument.”



Mayer noted that even when he eventually learned how to play the guitar, he still couldn’t match Eddie’s prowess. He concluded, promising never to stop learning from the music icon.

Fans may recall that Eddie’s demise was announced on October 6 via a statement from his only son, Wolfgang Van Halen, whom he welcomed with his ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli.



In the statement, the 29-year-old revealed that his dad died at 65 a long and challenging battle with cancer. Eddie and his brother Alex formed the band Van Halen alongside David Lee Roth and bassist Michael Anthony in 1974.

The group was responsible for many hit tracks, including “Eruption,” “1984,” “Panama,” and others. Eddie’s musical talent was such a gift to the world, and he would be sorely missed.