With the recent success of his critically acclaimed debut solo album Blunderbuss, one of the music industries most mysterious and enigmatic performers, Jack White, has finally embarked on a tour that's all about him. In his up coming show in the 02, we can expect a cross section of the vast back catalogue with stage time given to White's multiple musical incarnations. The Stripes' classics 'Hotel Yorba' and 'Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground' get a dusting down, while new tracks like 'Missing Pieces' and 'Love Interruption' bring his latest project to life. "Blunderbuss", Jack states is his own expression, his own colours, on his own canvas. That canvas will be proudly exhibited for his live audience on October 31st.
Over the years, the multi-instrumentalist has been a creative force behind a revolving door of bands like The Raconteours and Dead Weather along side Alison Mosshart of The Kills. But it was as front man of The White Stripes that White first reached the ears of the masses. Armed with an ability for performing mind blowing electric guitar solos with the swagger of a veteran rock star, Jack and band mate Meg White would eventually create their own distinct sound, mixing garage rock, punk, blues and folk.
The bands self titled debut and subsequent albums De Stijl, White Blood Cells, were well received by an ever growing fan base but it was 2003's Elephant that would see The Stripes achieve mainstream success. The single, Seven Nation Army, would catapult the once struggling garage rock band to an unimaginable level of fame. As their fame increased, the quirky twosome became unlikely media darlings. Speculation of the nature of Meg and Jack's relationship was a constant source of intrigue. Two more albums followed, Get Behind Me Satan and Icky Thump which reached no 1 in the UK charts. In 2011, The White Stripes officially disbanded over what White described as "a myriad of reasons".
With his current tour, White has not one, but two groups of musicians on the road with him. Jack will have to play referee in a pre gig battle of the sexes as he chooses between an all male group called The Buzzards and a troop of fierce rock vixens named The Peacocks. The bands alternate depending on the venue and White's mood, giving each live performance an impromptu atmosphere. White's live show has been mesmerising audiences since it began earlier this year, and it's sure to be just as well received by the Irish crowd.
By Karen Lawler
Story by John Balfe | 11:30 | Friday 26th October 2012 | Music Highlights
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