US musician plays set covering many of his former bands plus new solo album 'Lazaretto'

Jack White covered a portion of ‘Enter Sandman’ by Metallica, tonight’s headliners, during his set on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage.

White broke into the Metallica hit during ‘Cannon’, playing its distinctive riff to whoops of approval from the crowd.

White arrived onstage at 8.30pm with a clatter of drums and the squeal of guitars. Drenched in blue light, White and his band opened with White Stripes tracks ‘Icky Thump’, ‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’ and ‘Screwdriver’. White strode around the stage, which was decorated with a series of towers and retro-looking objects, during the first track, while the second saw him backed by a violin.

White took a swig from a bottle of champagne before addressing the crowd: “I know your energy is sapped, you’ve been standing here all day, haven’t you?” he said. “I know where you’ve been all day, but it’s going to be alright.” The band then played ‘High Ball Stepper’, with White staring at the camera menacingly before completing the song in a squall of guitar solos. Are you happy that I brought the sun?” he asked the crowd afterwards. “Do you love the person next to you? I hope you do by the end of this set.” He then played a country & western-styled version of ‘Hotel Yorba’. ‘Temporary Ground’ and ‘Just One Drink’, from new album ‘Lazaretto’, followed, the latter breaking into ‘Missing Pieces’ via a theremin solo.

White also played a number of songs by The White Stripes, including ‘Black Math’, ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ and ‘Cannon’.

“You still with me Glastonbury?” asked White after. “Should I play one more song, two more songs or many more songs. We all hear what we want to hear.” Another ‘Lazaretto’ track, ‘Three Women’, followed.

White then told the crowd that Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley visited him in his hotel room in Bristol, and both had a message for him to pass on to the crowd, but “It’s too superficial to tell you through a microphone.” A low-key version of ‘I Can Tell That We Are Going To Be Friends’ and a frantic ‘Lazaretto’ concluded the set.

White and band returned for an encore of ‘Ball And Biscuit’ and ‘Seven Nation Army’, which saw the huge crowd singing along to the riff. White dramatically tumbled into the drum kit at the song’s climax. “God Bless you, I hope you fall in love today with something,” he said, before exiting the stage.

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