Jack White Reunites the Dead Weather Wednesday Night in Detroit

David James Swanson
Jack White performs in Detroit, July 2014

The Dead Weather lived again on Wednesday night in Detroit, when the group's Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita joined Jack White and his band on stage at the city's Masonic Temple Auditorium for a romp though "I Cut LIke a Buffalo" from the group's 2009 debut album Horehound.

"Look who's in the house!" White shouted at the end of the song, though Mosshart and Fertita did not reprise their surprise guest appearances when White and company played the Dead Weather's "Blue Blood Blues" during the encore.

The Dead Weather -- which also includes bassist Jack Lawrence -- has been largely dormant since touring to support 2010's Sea of Cowards, but the group is still active. They're releasing a series of two-song singles as part of the Third Man Records Vault subscription series, including "Open Up (That's Enough)" and "Rough Detective." White has said those songs will be gathered together into the group's third album during 2015.

White's show on Wednesday capped a three-day homecoming for the Detroit native that included a Monday night show at the Fox Theatre and throwing out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers' game on Tuesday.

White and his band played nearly three dozen songs during Wednesday's two-hour, 45-minute concert, during which he dug into White Stripes deep cuts such as "Screwdriver," "Apple Blossom," "Sugar Never Tasted So Good," "I Fought Pirhanas" and an extended "Ball and Biscuit" with the Muddy Waters staple "Got My Mojo Working" and a rare slice of Led Zeppelin's "The Lemon Song" worked into it. He also vamped into Beck's "Devil's Haircut" at the end of his own "Sixteen Saltines."

White moves on to a rare arena gig Thursday at Toronto's Air Canada Centre and will be touring North America until late September, then heading to Belgium and the U.K. for a few shows in November.