The duo return to British soil in style - good news for those going to the Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds...

White Stripes played a blistering set in BELFAST last night (August 25) – a warm-up for headline slots at THE CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS festivals this

weekend and their first UK show since January.

The duo worked through a set loaded with hits drawn mostly from ‘Elephant’ and more blues


standards than normal in front of several thousand fans packed into the outdoor arena at Belfast Botanic

Gardens. The set also felt more ramped up than normal,

with Jack White’s guitar playing close to Black

Sabbath-like metal riffs in many places.

“Belfast, it’s so nice to be here – it’s our first

time here,” said White in his best Southern gentleman


accent, “but that don’t mean we won’t be back again.”

The set did not include the Meg

White fronted track ‘In The Cold,

Cold Night’, which had become a regular live

fixture in recent months. She remained mute behind the

drumkit for the entire show, with Jack explaining that

she had “a bad day” and calling for audience applause

and sympathy for her.

“It was an amazing gig,” said 17-year-old Sarah.

“He looked so great and they sounded so big, I just

didn’t want it to stop. ‘Seven Nation Army’ was the

best thing I’ve ever heard.”

“How can you top that?” said 28-year-old Colin.

“That was some show! I’m sorry not I’m going to see them at Reading – that will be something to


Amongst the White Stripes set were favourites

‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’, ‘You’re Pretty Good

Looking (For a Girl)’, ‘The Hardest Button To Button’,

‘You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket’, ‘Seven Nation Army’, ‘Hello Operator’ and ‘Hotel Yorba’.

White also worked through triumphant

versions of Robert Johnson’s

‘Stop Breaking Down’ and old standard ‘St James Infirmary Blues’.

The gig was part of a day long festival that also saw sets from Peaches, the New York Dolls and Blanche.


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