Jimmy Page watches Jack White's The Dead Weather make LA debut

Stars come out for intimate performance

Pic: Pieter M van Hattem
Jack White's new band The Dead Weather made their Los Angeles debut at an intimate, star-studded show at the Roxy Theatre last night (June 17).

The band, which also features Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Dean Fertita of Queens Of The Stone Age and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs, took the stage five minutes ahead of their scheduled 9:00pm start time to a packed house that included Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, Danger Mouse, Boom Bip, Har Mar Superstar and actor Benicio del Toro.

Kicking off with '60 Feet Tall', the quartet blazed through 13 tracks in just under an hour. White manned the drums most of the evening, coming out from behind his kit just once to play guitar and sing a sexually charged duet with Mosshart. The Kills' frontwoman menacingly paced the stage, writhed on the floor and chain smoked while belting out the vocals.

Without pausing to take a breath, the band said very little throughout the evening, tearing through one blues-driven track after another from their forthcoming album 'Horehound', which is due out July 14 in the US and a day earlier in the UK.

About mid-way through their set, White -- who was mic'ed up for backing vocals -- shouted, "How you doin' Los Angeles? Everybody alive and well?" The crowd roared back in response, to which he replied, "I love you too, baby!"

Before saying goodnight, the band returned for a three-song encore, which included a rousing rendition of the band's first single 'Hang You From The Heavens'. They concluded their set with a cover of Bob Dylan's 'New Pony', which ended with the band taking a group bow amidst a wash of guitar feedback.

The Dead Weather played:

'60 Feet Tall'
'Treat Me Like Your Mother'
'Bone House'
'You Just Can't Win'
'So Far From Your Weapon'
'Child of a Few Hours'
'Rocking Horse'
'I Cut Like a Buffalo'
'No Hassle Night'
'Will There Be Enough Water'
'Forever My Queen'
'Hang You From The Heavens'
'New Pony'

The Dead Weather are set to make their UK debut at a secret London gig next week, as previously reported.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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