Jack White was drafted in as a last-minute replacement for the first episode in the new series of Saturday Night Live. As part of the guitar impresario’s performance, he reworked The White Stripes classic ‘Ball And Biscuit’.
Morgan Wallen had been lined up as the guest until they were removed from the line-up earlier in the week after a video was unearthed of him not wearing a mask while attending a bustling house party. The breach of protocol was enough to see White drafted in and he delivered one of the finest musical SNL performances in a while.
Alongside drummer Daru Jones and bassist Dominic John Davis, White delivered a searing performance which not only saw him sing ‘Lazaretto’, taken from his sophomore solo LP but also ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’, his collaboration with Beyonce.
However, the real winner came when White reworked the classic White Stripes song ‘Ball and Biscuit’, making the Elephant song incredibly relatable. He added lyrics from the song ‘Jesus Is Coming Soon’, a traditional gospel song about the 1918 Spanish Flu.
During the performances, White used a Wolgang Van Halen guitar in memory of Eddie Van Halen who passed away this week. White also shared a statement: “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 won’t 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.”
So, sit back and marvel at Jack White’s icnreidble SNL performance below.