Jack and Meg face off at Madison Square Garden
As if it was not already known In New York your band has formally conquered the masses when you can play Madison Square Garden and leave your fans wanting more. Last night the White Stripes did just that. Touring off of their most recent release, ‘Icky Thump’ Jack and Meg rocked through a solid set mixed with songs off of past celebrated albums, covers and newer tracks. Crowd favorites ‘Jolene,’ ‘Seven Nation Army,’ ‘Ball and Biscuit’ and ‘Little Ghost’ revved up the audience while newer tracks ‘300 mph Blues,’ ‘Icky Thump,’ and ‘Martyr for My Love For You’ seemed quite at home.
Even though they were performing to their largest New York audience to date, classic White Stripes elements were not overlooked. The stage was cloaked in red, stagehands decked out in dapper black outfits and fedora hats, and a disco ball strung from the ceiling. A pure red screen displayed as a backdrop allowed fans to enjoy the silhouette of Meg as she slammed into her kit and Jack as he strutted around, bent over his guitar playing with reckless abandon. Meg and Jack took the stage promptly at 10:06, playing until 12:00 with a brief intermission and one encore.
It was a show filled with true White Stripes magic, even for us fans who might have felt an inch of remorse watching this incredible duo in such a massive arena with the ghost of their more intimate Irving Plaza show lurking in our memories. It has been most enjoyable to watch these two take their sounds to such heights first with the amazing album that is ‘Icky Thump’ and then on this North American tour and handle it without losing their small band quality. They remain concentrated on their audience and true to their songs, never missing a beat or a mark. Leaning on each other for support and inspiration throughout their set it is most agreeable to see these two interact as if they are alone in a studio and not performing in front of an audience of 20,000 people.
For those of you who have their upcoming tour dates securely tacked onto your calendars you are in for quite a show-especially for a band that truly deliveres their ‘A’ game to you during every performance.
|Here’s the setlist:Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground/When I Hear My Name/Hotel Yorba/Jolene/Cannon/John The Revelator/ Cannon/ Icky Thump/ Do/ Death Letter/ In The Cold, Cold Night (Meg on Organ At End)/ Martyr For My Love For You/ I’m Slowly Turning Into You (Disco Ball)/ I Think I Smell A Rat -> Wasting My Time/300 MPH/ You Don’t Know What Love Isâ€¦/ Fell In Love With A Girl/ Ball & Biscuit|
Blue Orchid (Disco Ball)/ I Just Don’t Knowâ€¦/ Little Ghost (mandolin)/ We’re Going To Be Friends/ Little Bird -> Catch Hell Blues/ My Doorbell (Guitar)/ Seven Nation Army/ Boll Weevil