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With the hype surrounding the Dead Weather’s heavily rock-pedigreed members, it’s easy to see how the band’s second stop in New York City could turn into an event. Attracting Jay-Z and Kanye West is a testament to the attention they’ve received with their only album barely on store shelves. Friday night’s show at Terminal 5 was added after the first night sold out, but the all-star rock group’s performance was no afterthought. They delivered on the buzz that has been building since their formation in March.
With only enough songs in their repertoire to fill a set lasting barely an hour, the Dead Weather relied on sheer performance to please the crowd. Frontwoman Alison Mosshart impressed as Jack White hunkered over his drum set, lurking in the background while the crowd waited for him to take the spotlight. That tension paid off in full as he crept out from behind the kit to finish the set with an all-out rock version of a Johnny-and-June-style duet with Mosshart on “Will There Be Enough Water?” The crowd erupted the moment White slid his guitar strap over his shoulder. And even the singer stepped to the side of the stage to watch as White ripped a guitar solo. She seemed as starry-eyed as those in the audience watching this growing rock legend.
As great as White’s moment in the spotlight was, the Dead Weather proved over the course of the rest of the set just how good they are as a band and not just as a Jack White side project. Upon returning to the stage for an encore, Mosshart stepped up her already electrically captivating performance and carried that energy until the finish of “New Pony,” nearly collapsing as the whole band screamed “How much? How much?”—fitting lyrics for a band with no end in sight. —Sean O’Kane
It’s usually a pretty good bet that when Jack White is involved, the music’s gonna rock. And that continues to be the case with his newest band, the Dead Weather. They recently released their debut album, Horehound, and now they’re touring the country. Sounds great, right? But it’s been pretty tough to get tickets because their shows have been selling out. So if you didn’t get tickets to Friday’s red-hot show at Terminal 5, try to Grow a Pair of them from The House List. Just fill out the form below, listing your name, e-mail address, which show you’re trying to win tickets to (the Dead Weather, 7/17) and a brief message telling us why you want to see Jack White play the drums. Eddie Bruiser, a lover of lady lead singers, will notify the winner by noon on Friday, July 17th. Good luck.
Jack White is hard to pin down. He channeled bluesy riffs with the White Stripes, and then moved in a different direction with the Raconteurs’ full-band sound. And now, White’s the drummer in the lean, loud Dead Weather, playing their first public show anywhere, last night at The Bowery Ballroom.
When the Kills opened a few dates for the Raconteurs, the Kills front woman, the captivating Alison Mosshart, and White and Raconteurs bassist Jack Lawrence recognized a shared musical sensibility. They decided to add Dean Fertita—who plays guitar and keys with the Queens of the Stone Age and had previously toured with the Raconteurs—to the mix to record an album, Horehound, to be released in June.
Live, the Dead Weather have a bold, garage-rock sound that Little Steven would love. They were most engaging when both Mosshart—her voice purring and powerful—and Fertita teamed up on guitar to go along with Lawrence’s thumping basslines and White whaling away on the drums. And although White is a talented drummer, the band really brought the thunder during the last song of the hour-long set, when Lawrence subbed in behind the drum kit, allowing White to move front and center to share a microphone with Mosshart, their faces just inches apart, while his nimble fingers feverishly flew across his guitar. They’re just getting going right now, but do yourself a favor and see the Dead Weather when they begin touring in June. —R. Zizmor
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