‘Saturday Night Live’ Pays Tribute To Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen On 'SNL'

Saturday Night Live closed off its second episode of the season with a short and sweet tribute to rock legend Eddie Van Halen, who died Tuesday at 65.

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.

Host Bill Burr, whose controversial opening monologue garnered quite a bit of attention on social media, also gave the Van Halen namesake a quick shoutout.

“Rest in peace, Eddie Van Halen,” he said standing alongside Maya Rudolph and Jack White during the show’s close.

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