ELEPHANT AWAKENS

Jack delights 8,500 fans with romp through old hits and pays tribute to Johnny Cash...

White Stripes made a triumphant return to the stage last night (September 13) in SAN FRANCISCO, two months after JACK WHITE broke his left index finger in a car accident.

The gig at the Greek Amphitheatre in Berkeley, California was in front of 8,500 people.

White’s guitar playing was slightly affected by his recovering finger, which still cannot bend fully.

Nevertheless, the duo put on their customary exhilarating show. “It’s very nice for us to be playing again,” he told the

sell-out outdoor crowd. “San Francisco was the first town that ever loved us.”

The setlist avoided many obvious tracks like ‘Hotel Yorba’ and ‘Fell In

Love With A Girl’, instead concentrating on ‘Elephant’ and the band’s earliest songs.

In tribute to Johnny Cash, who died on Friday (September 12), White recited the lyrics to the country legend’s song, ‘I Got Stripes’.

Alongside familiar cover versions like Bob Dylan‘s ‘Isis’ and Son House’s ‘Death Letter’, White also played a snatch of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs‘ ‘Man’. The New York trio join White Stripes as their support act in Seattle on September 16.

The full set list was:

‘The Big Three Killed My Baby’

‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’

‘When I Hear My Name’

‘Death Letter’

‘Black Math’

‘Apple Blossom’

‘You’re Pretty Good Looking’

‘In The Cold, Cold Night’

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

‘Cannon’/’John The Revelator’

‘Ball And Biscuit’

‘The Hardest Button To Button’

‘We’re Going To Be Friends’

‘Isis’

‘Let’s Shake Hands’/’Man’/’Pick A Bale Of Cotton’

‘Seven Nation Army’

‘Little Room’

‘The Union Forever’

‘Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise’

‘The Boll Weevil Song’