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Jack White Talks Al Capone, Laughing in Church on 'The Tonight Show': Watch

Jack White
David James Swanson

Jack White

Jack White has been a somewhat elusive character in the past, often throwing interviewers off his scent with bizarre claims and stories that have helped build up a sense of mystery about his private life. But on Thursday night's (Apr. 12) Tonight Show, he opened up a bit with host Jimmy Fallon, talking nonchalantly about his childhood and diving into his time as an altar boy. "Nothing is funnier than when you're not supposed to be laughing during mass," White said. He went on to tell the story of how a friend started giggling as he was receiving the sacramental bread one time, which did not go over well. "The priest was not happy with that one," White said.

A true raconteur (not just a clever band name, after all), White -- the musical guest on this weekend's Saturday Night Live -- hit a wide array of topics, including how hand-written sheet music by notorious gangster Al Capone laid the foundation for the track "Humoresque" from his new solo album, Boarding House Reach.

The rock star recalled, "we later found out through all this research that... apparently Al Capone remembered [these lyrics] in prison and wrote it out by hand for his band to play. It's a beautiful song for a murderer," White said with a laugh. Fallon also asked the singer about his new kids book We're Going To Be Friends. "Whoever thought me and you would be children's book writers," White said to Fallon, who has written a handful of children's books himself. "I'm writing a new one it's called 'Anybody Can Be President,'" White said sarcastically. 

White is deep into his Boarder House Reach Tour where he is set to perform in Detroit tonight (Apr.13.) His new album of the same name debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 its opening week

Check out the interview below:

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