Jack White returns with his first live show since 2016

He took to Third Man Records this week

Jack White made his live return last week, with a series of intimate shows at Third Man Records in Nashville.

The former White Stripes man previewed his new solo album ‘Boarding House Reach’, at the headquarters of his record label across two nights. While phones and recording devices were confiscated at the doors, fans managed to upload the setlists from two of the nights to Setlist.fm.

Night one, on March 15, saw White debut a number of ‘Boarding House Reach’ tracks, including ‘Over and Over and Over’, ‘Connected By Love’ and ‘Respect Commander’ and the previously-unheard ‘Ice Station Zebra’. They were joined by White Stripes cuts ‘Cannon’, ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’, and ‘Ball and Biscuit’, The Dead Weather’s ‘I Cut Like A Buffalo’, and The Raconteurs’ indie anthem ‘Steady, As She Goes’.

The following evening saw White perform White Stripes hits ‘Fell in Love With a Girl’, ‘Catch Hells Blues’, ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’, ‘Hello Operator’, and ‘Seven Nation Army’.

The full setlists for Jack White’s Third Man Records live return were as follows:

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes song)
Over and Over and Over (Live Debut)
Corporation (Live Debut)
Hypocritical Kiss
Connected by Love (Live Debut)
Cannon (The White Stripes song)
John the Revelator (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
Love Interruption
Respect Commander (Live Debut)
I Cut Like a Buffalo (The Dead Weather song)
Why Walk A Dog? (Live Debut)
We’re Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes song)
What’s Done Is Done (Live Debut)
Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes song)
Ice Station Zebra (Live Debut)
Sixteen Saltines
Steady, as She Goes (The Raconteurs song)

Battle Cry (Live Debut)
Wasting My Time (The White Stripes song)
Over and Over and Over
Why Walk A Dog?
Fell in Love With a Girl (The White Stripes song)
Connected by Love
Catch Hell Blues (The White Stripes song)
Little Bird (The White Stripes song)
Missing Pieces
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes song)
Hypermisophoniac (Live Debut)
Ice Station Zebra
Hello Operator (The White Stripes song)
Respect Commander
Sixteen Saltines
I’m Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes song)
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)

This week, White will play further tiny shows in Los Angeles, New York, and London. ‘Boarding House Reach‘ is out on 23 March via Third Man Records/XL Recordings, and will be White’s third solo LP.

It was recorded in New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville – it’s the first time White has recorded an album in NYC or LA, and features a brand new group of musicians.

Back in January, the singer announced his first UK shows in four years, headlining London’s Eventim Apollo on June 27 and 28. The dates sold out, but a new show on 26 June was added, which is on sale here.

White has banned phones from all of his gigs, ensuring that users keep them in a locked pouch throughout, to give an “100% human experience”. In 2014, he criticised people at gigs who spend more time on their mobile phones than watching the artist perform.

White suggested that he is “wasting time” performing for people who “can’t even clap” because they have a phone in one hand and a drink in the other.