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.