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The Raconteurs watched by Mick Jagger in London

And Jack White tackles 'Little Red Rooster' to mark the occasion

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Jack White's 'other' band The Raconteurs made their return to London last night (May 14) after a two-year absence - watched by The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood.

Playing in front of a sold-out crowd at Hammersmith Apollo, the band played a 15-song set drawn largely from their new album 'Consolers Of The Lonely'. The ten tracks drawn from it on the night included the near title track (which kicked off the set), recent single 'Salute Your Solution' and their cover of Terry Reid's 'Rich Kid Blues', sung by co-frontman Brendan Benson.

The biggest surprise was a cover of Charley Jordan's blues standard 'Keep It Clean', sung by White There was also a snippet of 'Little Red Rooster', made famous by The Rolling Stones, in the encore, leading into the first album's 'Intimate Secretary'.

Jagger and Wood watched on while White tackled the song - they, of course, teamed up with White back in 2006 in New York. White joined the Stones onstage at the Beacon Theatre to play guitar and sing on 'Loving Cup' - a collaboration immortalised in the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary 'Shine A Light' .

The band, also watched stageside by the legendary Robert Wyatt, also played a handful of songs from their 2006 debut LP 'Broken Boy Soldiers' , with the highlight being an extended run through their debut single, and biggest hit, 'Steady, As She Goes'.


The set was:

'Consoler Of The Lonely'
'The Switch And The Spur'
'You Don't Understand Me'
'Top Yourself'
'Old Enough'
'Hold Up'
'Keep It Clean'
'Level'
'Steady, As She Goes'
'Rich Kid Blues'
'Blue Veins'
'Many Shades Of Black'
'Little Red Rooster'/'Intimate Secretary'
'Salute Your Solution'
'Carolina Drama'


Now check out our sister site Uncut.co.uk's live review of The Raconteurs London gig, which is online now.

The band move on to the Liverpool Carling Academy tomorrow (May 16) before returning to the UK in the summer for slots at Glastonbury, T In The Park and the Reading and Leeds festivals.

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