Jack White, Steady as He Goes

Jack White rushed the stage of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, plugged in his blue Stratocaster, and started his set of high-speed blues, country, folk, and rock ’n’ roll.

The opener, “Sixteen Saltines” from his newly released Blunderbuss album, was loud, dirty, cutting, and frantic. It was a fly-by-the-edge-of-your-seat performance that had his band, Los Buzzardos, creating raw, edgy, imperfect rock and roll.

The band swaggered through the White Stripes’ country-flavored “Hotel Yorba” and then charged through a number of other Stripes’ songs, including “We Are Going to Be Friends,” a half piano, half guitar version of “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” and “The Hardest Button to Button.”

White closed with the Raconteurs’ 2006 hit “Steady as She Goes,” and a crowd sing-along of the 1933 Lead Belly song “Goodnight Irene.”

It’s fitting that White ended the show playing a song that is nearly 80 years old, in a building that is over 85 years old, and sent 6000-plus people home singing “Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams.”

  • Concert: Jack White
  • Date: August 10
  • Venue: Shrine Auditorium
  • Seats: General admission pit

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