Unfortunately, we cannot bring you any photos from the event as Mr. White had personally requested that photography of all kinds was banned, so everyone can enjoy the show without having their view impaired.
“I bet you five you’re not alive if you don’t know his name”, this lyric was sung by Jack in the song ‘The Union Forever’ on our favourite album, ever, nearly, White Blood Cells. This particular line can surely be attributed to Mr. White now as he has safely inscribed himself in to music history, he is a living legend. They say when one door closes, another one opens. And from a fans perspective the White Stripes ceasing to exist gave us the blues, but the first solo record ‘Blunderbuss’ can definitely be described as ‘a door opening’. ‘Blunderbuss’ is a fine record and reached Number One in the UK and America respectively.
Anyway, the gig took place at the picturesque Brixton Academy in London, if you ever get the chance to go, please do! We’ve been three times now and it’s our favourite venue in the whole world! However, as soon as you entered the auditorium and took a look at the stage, you knew that in a matter of moments you would be in the presence of a legend, a god.
Jack was accompanied by his all male band known as the ‘Buzzards’, NME reported that there was seven, but we could only see five, a drummer, a traditional bass player, an electric guitar player, a tambourinist/backing vocalist/the guy that seemed to do everything at some point and finally, a keys player, so you’ll have to make up your own mind on who is correct with that one. He opened with a furious ‘Black Math’ which electrified the audience into a state of submission, Jack White had officially arrived in London. But the first big sing-a-long came during hit ‘Hotel Yorba’ which has evolved into an astute country classic which White played with a smile on his face throughout and was more the willing for the audience to take over vocal duties for some parts of the song. After that White appeared to be very humbled by the audiences reaction and made a quip about ‘how one nice days worth of weather makes British people very happy’.
White then put down his guitar and took to the other keyboard to display his well known softer side through new classic ‘Hypocritical Kiss’ and a brilliant stripped down version of the classic ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’. One song which arguably stole the show on the night, was The Dead Weather classic, ‘I Cut Like A Buffalo’ which White had transformed into a rock classic with gun-slinging riffs and his cataclysmic vocals.
There was time to come up for air when White played an emotionally charged rendition of ‘We’re Going to Be Friends’ which was greeted by that feeling of having a ‘giant lump in your throat’ 6,000 times, at which point White himself even seemed to become a little caught up in the moment. ‘Blunderbuss’ and ‘Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy’ where met with emotional sing alongs which led White into closing the main set with a mammoth version of ‘Ball and Biscuit’.
The encore brought White back out with his band and begun with a gargantuan, adrenaline busting ‘Sixteen Saltines’, probably one of the general favourites off of ‘Blunderbuss’ and was definitely a highlight of the night without a shadow of a doubt. ‘The Hardest Button to Button’ followed, a classic off of the White Stripes album ‘Elephant’. The set closer, to the surprise of many, was not the iconic classic ‘Seven Nation Army’, but the closer from new album ‘Blunderbuss’ called ‘Take Me With You When You Go’. The track saw White take seat at the keyboard for a slow half, and stand up and lay siege to the audience with a series of huge solo’s a riffs for the remain.
While we think White is trying to break away from the White Stripes expectation, he definitely has our support to focus on ‘Blunderbuss’ and whatever comes next as it is quite simply astonishing. Well done Mr. White and we hope to see you again very soon!
1. Black Math
2. Missing Pieces
3. Weep Themselves To Sleep
4. Hypocritical Kiss
5. Top Yourself
6. Hotel Yorba
7. Trash Tongue Talker
8. Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
9. Two Against One
10. I Cut Like A Buffalo
11. Freedom at 21
12. We’re Going To Be Friends
14. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
15. Ball And Biscuit
16. Sixteen Saltines
17. The Hardest Button to Button
18. Take Me With You When You Go
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