White opened with a fevered take on on his new album’s “Over and Over and Over,” back by Autolux drummer Carla Azar and a quartet of backup singers. Later in the episode, White slowed the tempo for Boarding House Reach‘s slow-burning “Connected By Love.”
White, as a solo artist, last performed on SNL on a 2012 episode hosted by Lindsay Lohan. A decade earlier, in 2002, the White Stripes made their SNL debut.
White also made a comedic appearance in an unaired “Cut for Time” sketch where the rocker played a wedding band guitarist. In the sketch, a best man speech at a wedding turns into an admittance that he’s having an affair with the bride when the two sing the oft-covered “Dark End of the Street,” a song about infidelity, in front of the cuckolded groom, played by host John Mulaney.
Midway through the performance, White, playing himself, appeared to deliver a fiery solo and turn the duet into a trio. “Jack White played my wedding,” the heartbroken groom marveled: