Watch Jack White Help Ruin a Marriage on 'Saturday Night Live'
Jack White appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live over the weekend. And, although he performed two songs from his latest album, Boarding House Reach, it’s his comedic cameo that’s getting the most attention on the interwebs.
Above, watch White play guitar for best man Doug (Luke Null) and bride Dana (Cecily Strong) as they passionately sing “The Dark End of the Street,” which is clearly an inappropriate song for the occasion (Dana’s wedding reception). During the performance, it quickly becomes obvious that Doug is referring to his illicit love affair with Dana. Meanwhile, the groom, Mark (played by host John Mulaney), looks confused, asks a lot of questions and—eventually—has a decent time. “Jack White played at my wedding,” he says with pride.
Anyway, White enters the sketch at 2:30, just as the tune modulates from G to G#. He plays a bluesy little guitar solo—and the sketch itself isn’t bad at all.
By the way, “The Dark End of the Street” was written by Dan Penn and Chips Moman and first recorded by James Carr in 1967. Although the song has been covered many times over the decades, two artists—the Flying Burrito Brothers and Linda Rondstadt—have done it particular justice when they recorded it in 1969 and 1974, respectively. Rondstadt’s version happens to feature a classic guitar solo by Bob Warford, who played his B-bender-equipped Fender Telecaster. It’s basically a master class on how to play “relaxed” yet powerful B-bender guitar at a slow tempo.
Anyway, White was on SNL to promote his latest release, during the show. The LP landed in the top slot on the Billboard charts when it was released a few weeks back. The guitarist’s North American tour in support of the record launches this Thursday (Apr. 19) in his hometown of Detroit, Mich. and goes throughout North America before heading across the pond for shows in the U.K., France and the Netherlands before returning to the States, wrapping up in Franklin, Tenn. on Sept. 22 at the Pilgrimage Festival. You can find a list of all the dates here.