White Stripes perform stellar two-hour set in New York

Duo thrill the crowd at intimate show

The White Stripes played a rousing two-hour set at an intimate show in New York last night (June 19).

A celeb-packed crowd filled Fillmore@ Irving Plaza for the show including Rufus Wainwright, Josh Hartnett, Macaulay Culkin, Danny Masterson and Jim Jarmusch.

Following a Vaudeville-style performance from The Citizens Band featuring Jack White’s wife Karen Elson, The White Stripes emerged onto their entirely-red stage and kicked off with ‘When I Hear My Name’.

The set was comprised of songs spanning their career and they did not shy away from crowd-favourites and their familiar covers of Dolly Parton’s Jolene and Burt Bacharach’s ‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’.

Rarely speaking during the first half of the set, White did poke fun at the music business, mimicking a conversation:

“You work at a record label? I work at a record label too! You got that Spin Magazine? I got that Spin Magazine too! You live in New York City…We ALL live in New York City! Damn!”

White took advantage of the enraptured crowd and intimate setting to randomly meander into guitar solos mid-song, including Agent Orange’s ‘Everything Turns Grey’ and Dick Dale’s version of ‘Miserlou’ during ‘I Think I Smell A Rat’.

White got into storytelling mode at the end of the set, describing a childhood experience when a friend brought a dead squirrel into their tent on a camping trip “that he’d killed with his bare hands”. White remembered the tent felt like a prison and he didn’t know what to do. He admitted if it happened today, he still wouldn’t know what to do.

Wrapping up the enthralling set with ‘Black Math’ the pair then returned to the stage for a gripping five-song encore

They played:

‘When I Hear My Name’

‘Dead Leaves In The Dirty Ground’

‘Icky Thump’


‘John The Revelator’

‘My Doorbell’

‘Slowly Turning Into You’


‘Hotel Yorba’

‘I Think I Smell A Rat’

‘Same Boy You’ve Always Known’

‘Catch Hell Blues’

‘St James Infirmary Blues’

‘Cold Cold Night’

‘I Want To Be The Boy Who Warms Your Mother’s Heart’

‘You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket’

‘Rag And Bone’


‘Union Forever’

‘Black Jack Davie’

‘Black Math’


‘Blue Orchid’

‘I’m a martyr For My Love For You’

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

‘Ball And Biscuit’

‘Boll Weevil ‘

–By our New York staff.

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