made his third appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, performing two standout tracks from his recently released solo album Boarding House Reach and even making a cameo in a sketch.
White brought two songs from his latest to life on the Studio 8H stage, “Over and Over and Over” and “Connected by Love.” White’s performance is a true team effort, as he’s joined by four back-up singers (one of whom plays a mean tambourine), two keyboard players, his longtime bassist and a kickass drummer. The band’s take on “Over and Over and Over” is a rollicking rave-up that stops and starts on a dime, while their rendition of “Connected by Love” develops gradually, building to dueling organ and guitar solos that shred the song into tatters before White and co. bring it all back home.
The former White Stripe and his band kick off their tour in support of Boarding House Reach this Thursday, April 19, in White’s hometown of Detroit. White recently described their sound as “very heavy,” adding, “I’ve never been in a band this loud before.” If that (and their SNL set) sounds like your cup of tea, you can find their full tour slate here.
We weren’t the only ones who enjoyed White’s performances—Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) got a kick out of his “Connected by Love” guitar (one from Clark’s signature Ernie Ball line):
As White briefly discussed with Jimmy Fallon during a recent Tonight Show interview, the musician also popped up in a sketch: the cut-for-time “Wedding Toast,” in which White plays a wedding guitarist who happens to be sleeping with John Mulaney’s wife. Though White does little more than play guitar (i.e., himself) in the sketch, it’s fun to see him flex his comedic muscles, however gently—he’s rarely done so since his scene-stealing turn as Elvis Presley in 2007’s Walk Hard (which, if you ask us, is the best comedy currently streaming on Netflix).
Former SNL writer Mulaney hosted the show for the first time this weekend, carrying what Paste called the season’s best episode. Read our review here and enjoy another sketch from the episode, in which Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller dust off a classic Meet the Parents gag, right here.
Watch White’s performances of “On and On and On” and “Connected By Love,” respectively, below, followed by his appearance in the cut-for-time “Wedding Toast.”