Right before the show concluded with its curtain call, Saturday Night Live flashed a short snippet of Van Halen shredding his guitar. The clip was of Van Halen performing with G.E. Smith and the Saturday Night Live band back in February 1987, when Van Halen’s then-wife Valerie Bertinelli hosted the sketch series with musical guest Robert Cray Band. The vintage video followed Jack White’s performance of his song, “Lazaretto,” in which the former White Stripes frontman switched his guitar for a cobalt blue model designed by Van Halen.
“Rest in peace, Eddie Van Halen,” he said standing alongside Maya Rudolph and Jack White during the show’s close.