Preview: Jack White to play Glasgow show
Set list expected to include solo hits, plus songs from Dead Weather, Raconteurs and White Stripes
The saviour of garage rock circa 2001 has come a long way in the past decade. He’s achieved a red carpet status, appeared on prime-time chat shows and is now embarking on a bona fide arena rock tour, all without compromising the passionate ideals which have made him such a single-minded champion of analogue recording and vinyl records.
If anything, Jack White is a more formidable live force than he has ever been. Firstly, that catalogue goes from strength to strength. Rotating setlists on the tour so far have included a generous smattering of White Stripes songs, plus Raconteurs and Dead Weather tracks, alongside the eclectic and eccentric material from his two solo albums to date, Blunderbuss and Lazaretto.
And then there’s the band. If the White Stripes sounded like a seven-nation army with just guitar and drums, imagine the bone-rattling force of his current six-piece, comprising a pick’n’mix of the two bands – one all-male, one all-female – he toured with in 2012. Mostly the guys, though, it must be said.
Sadly, White will be a crucial man down on this outing, following the death last month of keyboard player Isaiah ‘Ikey’ Owens, previously the purveyor of audacious licks for the Mars Volta and others. His able replacement is Dean Fertita, celebrated synthquake maestro in Queens of the Stone Age and the Dead Weather. Our prediction? These players could give the Bad Seeds some cold sweats in the righteous racket stakes.
SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Tue 18 Nov.