The White Stripes / July 24, 2007 / New York (Madison Square Garden)
You know you've hit the big time when your band plays Madison Square Garden for the first time, and on July 24, Jack and Meg White proved the two of them could hold their own in the massive arena, leaYou know you've hit the big time when your band plays Madison Square Garden for the first time, and on July 24, Jack and Meg White proved the two of them could hold their own in the massive arena, leaving fans hungry for more after a nearly two-hour set.
Having already played a number of unusual shows throughout Canada this summer, it wouldn't have been surprising for the White Stripes to pull out all the stops for their New York gig. But for better or worse, the duo kept it simple, with no stage props aside from a disco ball and a red backdrop with their shadows plastered across it.
Clad expectedly in all red, Jack introduced himself and his ex-wife to the packed house as, "I'm Jack White, and this is my big sister Meg." The two fed off of each other's energy throughout the set, with Jack singing into a microphone attached to Meg's drum kit for most of the night. Jack's virtuosic guitar skills and Meg's rough but intense drumming were on display at full force as they tore through classic songs spanning back to their 1999 self-titled debut as well as a few tracks from the recent "Icky Thump."
"Cannon," "Death Letter" and "Ball & Biscuit" carried some of the heaviest impact, as Jack shredded away on his guitar and screeched his affected vocals into the mic. Meg went front and center for the haunting "In the Cold Cold Night," latching onto her microphone and singing with her eyes closed as Jack accompanied her from the side of the stage.
The songs played from "Icky Thump" fit right in with the Stripes' older material, with the chugging title track, "Catch Hell Blues" and the bluesy "You Don't Know What Love Is" leaving the biggest impression.
The audience was particularly riled up for hits such as the gritty "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground," the Dolly Parton cover "Jolene," the foot-stomping "Hotel Yorba," "Blue Orchid" and the Dusty Springfield cover "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself."
Nick Cave's newest outfit Grinderman also delivered a high-energy opening set. It was the group's first U.S. show, and punk/garage rockers such as "Electric Alice," "Depth Charge Ethel" and the grin-inducing "No Pussy Blues" were as volatile as one has come to expect from Cave.
Here is the White Stripes' set list:
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"
"When I Hear My Name"
"In the Cold Cold Night"
"A Martyr for My Love For You"
"I'm Slowly Turning Into You"
"I Think I Smell a Rat"
"Wasting My Time"
"300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues"
"You Don't Know What Love Is"
"Fell in Love With a Girl"
"Ball & Biscuit"
"I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself"
"We're Going To Be Friends"
"Catch Hell Blues"
"Seven Nation Army"