Detroiter Jack White, who got a late invite as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" last weekend, generated rave reviews and calls his appearance a "wild and beautiful experience."
Slate calls him "the perfect musical guest."
Stephen Thompson of NPR writes about the performance:
Though we're only two episodes into Season 46, it's hard to imagine that White's turn won't come out near the top when it's time to rank SNL's 2020-21 musical guests. Unencumbered by new material to promote, White cranked out a few scorching career highlights, including 2014's solo hit "Lazaretto" — which he performed with a guitar designed for him by the late Eddie Van Halen — and uncorked a fantastic medley.
That medley fused unexpected pieces in remarkable ways, kicking off with "Don't Hurt Yourself" — the song he co-wrote and performed on Beyoncé's Lemonade — before shifting into a version of The White Stripes' "Ball and Biscuit" that incorporated lyrics from Blind Willie Johnson's "Jesus Is Coming Soon." So, on two days' notice, we got an Eddie Van Halen tribute, Beyoncé, The White Stripes, a Jack White solo song and Blind Willie Johnson. Not bad! (See video below)
White was booked after country singer Morgan Wallen got himself disinvited after breaking Covid protocols. On Facebook, White raved about his experience.
“a big thank you to the musicians daru and dominic, all of our crew, bill burr, and everyone on the cast and crew of...Posted by Jack White on Monday, October 12, 2020