World News – US – ‘SNL’: Jack White Rocks Studio 8H after replacing Morgan Wallen


Saturday Night Live wasted no time finding an artist to serve as musical guest over the weekend Just days after criticizing Morgan Wallen for breaching COVID security protocols -19, the show welcomed Jack White on stage

The rocker, clad in a black leather jacket, performed an incredibly powerful and baffling tune that spoke of the coronavirus pandemic and the fears felt by many in these uncertain times

White belted a roaring cover of the 1928 blues classic « Jesus is Coming Soon », originally performed by blue artist Blind Willie Johnson and written about the Spanish Flu of 1918

« The nobleman told the people / shut down your public schools / until death passes you by you better shut down all your churches too / I’m done talking Yes I’m walking / God is coming soon, « White sang » The great disease was powerful and people were sick everywhere / It was an epidemic and it was traveling in the air « 

White also incorporated elements from her collaboration with Beyonce, « Don’t Hurt Yourself » – which appeared on Lemonade – singing in the chorus: « When you hurt me, you hurt yourself / Don’t hurt yourself / When you love me, you love yourself « 

For White’s second set of the night, which essentially wrapped up the show, he delivered an energetic performance of his single, « Lazaretto », on his 2014 second solo album of the same name

Wallen was due to perform this week, but his appearance was dropped after violating COVID-19 safety protocols The singer spent the last weekend partying without a mask at a crowded gathering and kissing several women at the event, resulting in a rapid reaction online

Wallen took to Instagram on Wednesday to apologize for his reckless behavior in a moving video shot in his hotel room in New York City

« I got a call from the show to let me know I couldn’t play anymore, » Wallen said « [It’s] due to COVID protocols, which I understand »

The singer said he respects the show’s decision because, « I know I’m putting them in danger, and I’m taking possession of them »

« I apologize to SNL, my fans, my team, for giving me these opportunities, and I let them down, » said grim Wallen

« Lorne Michaels actually gave me a lot of encouragement and let me know, ‘We’ll find another time to make this up,' » he added, referring to the longtime executive producer. by SNL « So that means a lot to me »

Michaels first announced that White would replace Wallen during his interview with the Today show Friday.During the interview, Michaels also defended the country star, to some extent

« He’s probably not the first country singer, the first rock n ‘roll person to party after a big game, in this case a soccer game or a concert, » Michaels said. « We just live in different times and everything is scrutinized »

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