Gig Review: Jack White at the O2 Arena, Dublin (31st October 2012)

By Jordan Hanna

          “If you guys want to sing-a-long to this one, I ain’t gonna get mad at you.” Jack White captured the whole audience at Dublin from the first song, and refused to let go until after midnight – it was an amazing performance by a unique musician.

Opening with the single “Sixteen Saltines” from his new solo album Blunderbuss Jack White offered a fantastic set list, utilising work from earlier bands The White Stripes and The Raconteurs as well as his solo work.  He was doing a concert for true fans, those who have long followed his career.

The set list wasn’t simply crowd pleasers, but songs White wante

d to play. Backed by his all-female band The Peacocks, every song was filled with authenticity and soul, mixed with an element of fun and a strong blues feel.  Perhaps the most perfect example of this was a White Stripes song “Hotel Yorba,” which sent the whole audience into elated frenzy. But he was also able to stun and awe, with “Ball and Biscuit,” for example, when the whole of the o2 arena slowed and marvelled at a bluesman at his best.

The quotation at the beginning of this article is taken from White’s introduction to the popular “Steady, as She Goes” which, with the aid of The Peacocks, was performed with the same Raconteurs feel, but new layers were introduced, with the addition of the bass guitar and gentle female backing vocals.

White played off his backing band really well, and their costumes certainly captured the spirit of Halloween. The opening act, “Willy Moon” played one of White’s most crowd pleasing songs, “I’m Shakin’,” and did a great cover.

An altogether incredible performance, even without an encore, one I will not forget, and no doubt one of the greatest moments was the closing song “Seven Nation Army” but with a much more aggressive feel, White has proved he is more than capable of carrying a concert as a solo artist.

All photos by Rosa Morahan

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