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Jack White - Mayan Theater - April 30, 2012

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Tue, May 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM

click to enlarge TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Timothy Norris
Jack White

Mayan Theater


Better than...sex.

What do you call it when Axl Rose, Rod Stewart, Gary Oldman and Conan O'Brien converge in downtown Los Angeles on a Monday night? A Jack White show.

From the minute he and his all-female backing band The Peacocks hit the stage at 10 last night -- opening with the White Stripes' "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" -- the crowd was into it. But it was during the third song, "Sixteen Saltines", the most recent single off White's new debut solo record Blunderbuss, that the gig truly took off. White blazed, bluesed and rocked through 20 songs in just over an hour and a half.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY TIMOTHY NORRIS
  • Photo by Timothy Norris
Though a third of the set was comprised of songs from Blunderbuss, White drew widely and deeply from all his musical incarnations, including The Raconteurs' "Top Yourself," The Dead Weather's "Blue Blood Blues," the White Stripes' "Hotel Yorba," and "Two Against One" a song from the album Rome, producer Danger Mouse's collaboration with Italian composer Daniele Luppi, which features White's vocals.

With an audience that sang along to every song and filled in silences with screams, it was an atmosphere filled with an almost palpable reverence for the man, though White didn't talk to the audience until introducing the seventh song in the set ("Weep Themselves To Sleep" off Blunderbuss).

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