The show, White Stripes first major UK appearance since December, was the hottest show of the week in London. While there was much less hysteria than during the band’s tiny venue breakthrough gigs of last summer (when Kate Moss was just one of the celebrities fighting to get in), touts outside the Shepherds Bush Empire were selling tickets for over four times their £12.50 face value.
The band stuck to tracks from their two most recent albums ‘White Blood Cells’ and ‘De Stijl’, premiering only one untitled new song – a heavy affair with a nod towardsMetallica and Deep Purple. They also added to their canon of peculiar covers, working through Ash
‘s ‘Love Sick’ from his 1997 ‘Time Out Of Mind’ album.
White Stripes’s Tim Wheeler told NME.COM he thought White Stripes were simply “Brilliant, absolutely class.”
Support last night came from fellow Detroit natives The Dirtbombs and The Von Bondies.