White used a cobalt blue mannequin designed for him by Van Halen as he performed “Lazaretto.”
“Eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made for me to my specs,” White wrote on Instagram earlier. “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.”
As “Saturday Night Live” concluded, this system flashed a clip of Van Halen shredding his guitar whereas performing with the Robert Cray Band on the present in 1987. Van Halen’s then-wife, Valerie Bertinelli, was internet hosting and launched the musicians on the time.
“Rest in peace, Eddie Van Halen,” Saturday’s host Invoice Burr mentioned.