I finally got the chance to see Jack White again! After getting sick and subsequently selling my Dead Weather tickets in 2009, it means I have not seen him perform since 2008 with The Raconteurs. This was also when he was touring with The Kills and forming the Dead Weather behind the scenes.
A couple weeks ago I read a fantastic article in The Georgia Straight that gave insight to Jack White’s solo tour. It mentioned that Jack had two separate backing bands; one of all men and one all women. It also stated that he didn’t like to work with a set list and he had to work with the band on split second cues when he chooses which song he’d like to do next. I was glad (as a set list enthusiast) to have that heads up, I could spot the cues as they came throughout the show. There was the time he simply called out ‘Go To Sleep 5,6,7,8’, or when he’d start the guitar on his own, or exchange signals with the drummer, maybe some of the cues were even hidden in what he said when he talked to the audience.
The opening band was Sally Ford and the Sound Outside and they were great! She is a rockabilly rebel in a pretty floral dress, my kind of girl. Her voice was a bit pitchy for the acoustics in the spectacular Queen Elizabeth Theater that is typically a opera and ballet house. I put earplugs in and that seemed to smooth out the sound.
When Jack White came out he brought a stunningly prairie dressed backing band with him. They had the usual instruments as well as a fiddle, stand up bass, piano and my favorite a pedal steel guitar. They played a mix of White Stripes, Jack White, The Raconteurs and cover songs; most played as variations of their original. The best moments were Steady As She Goes now with whammy bar, Blue Blood Blues rocking out, We’re Going To Friends making me teary eyed and the funeral organ on Slowly Turning Into You. Surprisingly my favorite song of the night was Weep Themselves To Sleep as I didn’t particularly like it on the album but played live it is a force! There were strobe lights, epic keys and I had to close my eyes to experience the full effect of the music.
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes)
Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)
Cover (had lyrics Blood Red, Eyes Blue)
I Guess I Should Go to Sleep
Two Against One (cover)
Top Yourself (The Raconteurs)
I’m Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman (The White Stripes)
I’m Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes)
We’re Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes)
On and On and On
Weep Themselves to Sleep
Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather)
Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes)
Freedom At 21
Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs)
Take Me With You When You Go
You’re Pretty Good Looking (The White Stripes)
Carolina Drama (The Raconteurs)
Seven Nation Army