STRIPES GO NORTH

But Jack takes a hit from a mystery flying object...

THE WHITE STRIPES arrived in SCOTLAND last night (January 24) for the first of two dates at GLASGOW SECC.

The setlist was more conventional than the previous night’s show in Nottingham, with the band focusing on their better-known numbers as opposed to the older material they had been playing. There were still one or two welcome surprises however, including ‘I Fought Piranhas’ from the band’s first album, and a rabble-rousing ‘Hello Operator’.

Opening with a blistering ‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’ the band rattled through crowd pleasers such as ‘The Hardest Button To Button’, ‘Hotel Yorba’ and ‘In The Cold, Cold Night’. Unsurprisingly, Jack White maintained his policy of keeping tight-lipped over the Jason Stollsteimer incident – indeed, he barely said anything to the crowd – although he did end up leaving the stage fat-lipped after being struck on the face by a mystery object thrown from the crowd.

A black mark on an otherwise flawless gig, the incident took place during the band’s encore of ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’. Jack didn’t appear injured or cut, and instead of storming off, simply launched into a ferocious blues jam before playing the song again. The tour continues tonight at the SECC.

The setlist was:

‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’

‘Black Math’

‘Let’s Shake Hands’

’In The Cold, Cold Night’

‘Hotel Yorba’

‘Offend In Every Way’

‘Stop Breaking Down’

‘Seven Nation Army’

‘You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)’

‘Hello Operator’

‘I Fought Piranhas’

‘You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket’

‘I Think I Smell A Rat’

‘Ball And Biscuit’

‘Little Room’

‘Fell In Love With A Girl’

‘Small Faces’

‘The Hardest Button To Button’

‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’