Live Show Review: The White Stripes, Madison Square Garden, NYC 7/24/07

photo by wallyg
Jack and Meg face off at Madison Square Garden

written by Sheryl Witlen
photos by wallyg

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.

photo by wallyg

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.

photo by wallyg 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 Is…/ Fell In Love With A Girl/ Ball & Biscuit

Encore:

Blue Orchid (Disco Ball)/ I Just Don’t Know…/ Little Ghost (mandolin)/ We’re Going To Be Friends/ Little Bird -> Catch Hell Blues/ My Doorbell (Guitar)/ Seven Nation Army/ Boll Weevil

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2 Comments

  1. racerx
    Posted July 27, 2007 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I’ve always thought Jack White is one of the best singers in rock. And that fact that he plays that great guitar is huge. Jack and Meg have a sweet endearing chemistry. The set, the lighting, the RED everything made it one of the most unique concerts I’ve ever seen.

    My 15 year-old daughter wanted to see the White Stripes at the Garden for her birthday. We made the 300 mile trip, stayed in a pricey hotel, had seats a the very back of the Gardens. You know something? It was a killer great show. My daughter knows all their sngs, I know a lot of them. I saw Bella Fleck two weeks ago, and Buddy Guy two days before the White Stripes. Good month for live music for me.
    It was a pricey trip to the city, but man, 15 year old girls don’t really like to hang out with their dad, even if he is a cool musician. But she dug the whole scene. A great show and pricey trip,
    dad and teen-age daughter bond: pricelss

  2. Rubbish Begone
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    I love Jack and Meg. And, to be honest, I prefer their music more when they were together in the White Stripes. Jack is amazing as a solo performer, too, it’s just that TWS has a strong emotional meaning to me. Have you heard the Raconteurs? Great band! :)

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