Raconteurs Rock New York Contest Winners
Twenty lucky contest winners were treated last night (April 4) to an intimate performance from rock act the Raconteurs at New York's famed Hit Factory Studios.Twenty lucky contest winners were treated last night (April 4) to an intimate performance from rock act the Raconteurs at New York's famed Hit Factory Studios. The event was organized by XM Satellite Radio's "Opie and Anthony" show, which will broadcast highlights beginning the week of May 8.
Crammed into a small studio space, fans in the front were less than two feet away from the microphone stands of Jack White and Brendan Benson, who formed the band with Greenhornes' Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence.
Having yet to play for an American audience, the Raconteurs ripped through a tight 30-minute set. Both White and Benson shared vocal duties on almost all of the seven songs, with White taking his only real lead on the raw, bluesy closer, "Blue Veins." Benson handled lead vocals on a cover of David Bowie's "It Ain't Easy."
As previously reported, the Raconteurs will release their debut album, "Broken Boy Soldiers," May 16 via Third Man/V2. For now, the band's only scheduled North American shows are Friday at New York's Irving Plaza and Aug. 4 at Lollapalooza in Chicago.