Jack White rode hard in Rhode Island on Saturday night. After headlining at the Newport Folk Festival, the rocker scooted over to Beck's show in nearby Providence where he surprised fans by performing several songs during the entire encore.
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Introduced simply as the "best bartender in the world," the former White Stripe performed acoustic and sang background vocals during the Beck classics "Pay No Mind" and "Loser." They were soon joined by opener Sean Lennon for a medley of "Where It's At" and "One Foot in the Grave." At some point White rocked a guitar solo and gamely participated in a choreographed dance sequence.
Beck and White go back a ways. The Odelay singer-songwriter released a single on White's Third Man Records in 2012, and Beck's upcoming Song Reader album will feature tracks from White.
The surprise appearance follows White's announcement that he'll throw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game next week. In a baseball mood recently, White has attended games in St. Louis, with Third Man artist Pokey LaFarge, and in Chicago, where dude didn't seem very happy.