September 14, 2011 - NASHVILLE, TN (Third Man Records)
Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:23 PM
Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:26 PM
Weird, it worked fine. Maybe it's been shutdown?
Let me go on a mission and find the review and post it with the pics.
Edited by Ak1nney, 15 September 2011 - 12:27 PM.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:29 PM
Jack White always takes care of his (new) hometown. Ever since moving to Nashville a few years ago, he’s begun tours with small private or last-minute local shows. In 2007, the White Stripes kicked off their Icky Thump tour at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom – while the Raconteurs’ subsequent tour in 2008 started just upstairs from that room in the Mercy Lounge. The Dead Weather made their debut at the grand opening of White’s Third Man Records building in 2009, albeit with a private show for friends and family. This trend continued on Wednesday night as The Raconteurs took the stage for their first performance since 2008 at White’s home turf of Third Man Records, a night before their previously announced date at the Ryman.
This time around, it all started with a single tweet. On August 26th, Third Man’s official twitter feed posted “The Raconteurs live at Third Man Sept. 14th!!!” with a link to buy tickets – which went on sale immediately. Only 150 tickets were released to the public, and only half of those were available online that day. The rest were sold at the store the following Tuesday. Needless to say, this became one of the hottest tickets in Nashville extremely quick. Tickets were going for hundreds of dollars on StubHub and Craigslist as soon as people had bought them. All of this only added to the already momentous amount of hype for the return of The Raconteurs. On Wednesday, they finally arrived.
Fans started lining up before noon for the 7 p.m. show – not out of the ordinary for something relating to Jack White. The Third Man store opened up at 5 p.m. to sell the badass limited edition poster (see above) designed by Rob Jones, along with various other Raconteurs merchandise. By 6pm, the line was about as long as it was gonna get, then came the waiting game. The 7pm start time came and went (which is to be expected at Third Man – not that anyone’s blaming them) and all the fans were still waiting in the alley beside the building. After a short delay, we were eventually led into the blue room in the back of Third Man – which, if you’ve never been, is a thing of beauty – and the show started at 8:15 p.m.. Opening the show was St. Louis’ Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, who were quite a revelation. Pokey and his band were of another time – a time when an upright bass was standard, there was no such thing as electric guitar, and harmonica was the thing. If they stepped into a time machine bound for the 1920s, no one would bat an eye when they stepped out. Their infectious old-tyme American music worked because there wasn’t a trace of irony, yet they had a good sense of humor about them. If you have the chance to see these guys, I strongly reccommend you do so.
The crowd was genuinely appreciative of Pokey LaFarge, but we all knew what we were there for. After a half an hour setup, a Third Man employee stepped up to thank the crowd for being there before cutting to the chase with “Ladies and gentlemen… the Raconteurs!” The acclaimed group then walked on the tiny stage to rapturous applause before ripping straight into “Consoler of the Lonely”. White – the obvious star of the show – kept his back turned until it was his turn on the mic, which just made the crowd go even more wild when they finally did get a glimpse of the recently appointed “Nashville Music City Ambassador“. Right off the bat there was no rust, no dust . Three years later, they still don’t skip a beat – at least on their own terms.
From the opener they tore through “Salute Your Solution”, “Hands”, and “Old Enough” before having to take a short break while they switched the reels in the control booth (every show at Third Man is recorded straight to vinyl). While they waited, White told the story of how he met Brendan Benson (“Which one is Brendan again? The blonde one?”) back in the day in Detroit – the first of a few amusing anecdotes. Everyone was in good spirits, even White, which was comforting considering he usually looks a tad too serious. Throughout the evening, his emotions ran wild. He flashed a few grins, cracked a couple of jokes, and even appeared to shed a tear on “Blue Veins”. Maybe it was just sweat, though.
The material sounded just as fresh, too. New arrangements for “Consoler of the Lonely” and “Broken Boy Soldier” surprised many attendees – the latter now stretched from its original three-minute album counterpart. Although nothing new for The Raconteurs, a horn section tagged along, which was oddly entertaining, given the size of the stage. The section had to set up shop along the side-stage stairs because it was literally the only place they could have gone. Nevertheless, they played strong (and loud) through solid cuts of “Many Shades of Black” and “Switch and the Spur”, the latter of which led to the brilliant rendition of set closer “Broken Boy Soldier”. After a short absence, White & Co. returned to the stage – again to deafening applause – and broke into their “hit”, “Steady as She Goes”.
Let me take a moment here to pay tribute to the temple of music Jack White and crew have built here in my hometown of Nashville. This was my fourth or fifth time being in the back “blue room” of his Third Man building, but every time I walk in I’m wowed. The room has prestine acoustics – it has to, since it’s where Third Man does a good bit of their recording. The stage is elevated far above the rest of the room, giving the Raconteurs (or whoever else is playing) a larger-than-life feeling – a fact that Jack took full advantage of on Wednesday. Half of the room is blue wall curving into a blue floor – the very spot where the label shoots the covers for their “Blue Label Series” 7-inch records. Top it off with a full bar and a photobooth, along with great lighting on the stage and off, and you’ve got yourself a hell of a room – I’m sure Jack White wouldn’t have his in-house venue any other way.
The final song of the encore was no surprise – “Blue Veins” has been a staple to close Raconteurs shows in years past. It works so perfectly because it provides a perfect outlet for White to wail on his guitar like everyone wants to see him do. This night was no exception. The crowd just stood in awe as the former White Stripes frontman churned in emotional solos through most of the 10-minute-long jam. By the time they walked off for good, they had only been playing for an hour. Naturally, I can see how some people could be disappointed in this, but as I mentioned earlier, every Third Man show is recorded to vinyl so they don’t have much flexibility time-wise. Oddly enough, there were no new songs and no surprises. However, over one 10-song set, the band confirmed one thing: The Raconteurs are back, and they’re better than ever.
Consoler of the Lonely
Salute Your Solution
Many Shades of Black
Switch and the Spur
Broken Boy Soldier
Steady as She Goes
Edited by Ak1nney, 15 September 2011 - 01:05 PM.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:59 PM
Edited by Divemistress of the Dark, 15 September 2011 - 12:59 PM.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 02:55 PM
i get all kinds of malware warnings when i try to go to consequence of sound--so watch out! i'm waiting for another review.
dang... that sucks... somehow this new adware has got me locked in with pop ups and some kind of real player install when i accidentally clicked it once
anyways the show sounded pretty forward and well planned... hope everyone melts in their seats tonight and i hope the show is 2 times longer than planned
i know ...dream on moon river but hey ... i love my dreams and you would to
thanks for all the links and the efforts to record and share.... the horns were a perfect compliment to Many Shades of Black which was one of the songs that I had the most concerns for relative to how i was going to rockthe fuck out... now i know and am full on hyped about
everyone is keepin their cool in splendid style and is encouraged to continue practicing all the meditative moments to secure the serenity of balance necessary to keep this pirate ship bountiful or bootiful with the kind of loot that makes us all happy which is good sound and great spirit of inspiraton
tip top capn... tip top!!!
Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:02 PM
First off, my one regret of the night is that Pokey announced they were going to be selling their record out of a van in the parking lot after the show, but a thunderstorm began during the Racs and when we wandered outside into the rain at the end, Pokey and Co. were nowhere to be found. But I'm gonna get that album. I fell in love with all four of those guys, they are too awesome and were an absolutely perfect opener for the Racs.
The most exciting element of the night for me was that I ended up in the same spot at the front of the stage that I had for all four DW shows last year-- Right in front of Jack's pedal board (technically, just to the side of it because there was a monitor shelf projecting out from the stage directly in front of it, but I was tucked in right next to the shelf and was worried all night about knocking pedal cables loose). Holy shit!! Where to begin?? Bullet-points--
If I remember correctly, Jack launched into I Can See For Miles during Salute Your Solution. Such a cool surprise to hear The Who from them, even if it was only one chorus or so.
I assumed they wouldn't do Old Enough since Mark wasn't there to play fiddle, but Dean's keyboards mimiced that bit perfectly. And for those who might be curious (you know who you are ), Dean had slicked his hair back and looked really, really good.
As was mentioned in the review above, folks I talked to assumed that the set was short because it was being recorded (Has TMR forgotten that they can release double lps??). Jack's story during the first reel change ("We're changing a reel because this is real") was quite funny-- He talked about the first time he met Brendan, at a WS show at the Gold Dollar. He thought he'd done some good things during the show and was looking forward to being introduced to Brendan because he'd heard that Brendan was pretty good at "this music thing". Apparenty, Brendan said two things to him-- "1, I thought you were a girl, and 2, do you know where I can catch a cab?"
When the second reel change came up (seemed like there was another change going on, but maybe they just felt like gabbing), Brendan wanted to tell the story of the second time he met Jack. Apparently Jack had come over to his house (which prompted Jack to go on about how they lived so close together, yet Brendan only came over to his house a few times) and was wandering around looking at Brendan's guitars (at this point, Patrick stood up behind his kit to pipe in "They were sweet guitars"). Brendan mentioned that this was back when Jack smoked (like he doesn't still, seeing as how he began the show with a cigarillo clamped in his mouth) and, on that day, he was walking around B's place with a looong ash on his cigarette, before finally dropping it on B's dresser. Not the greatest story (by Brendan's own admission), but after telling it, Brendan crossed the stage to give Jack a hug. That right there was the general feeling of the entire show. This band has been described as four friends who got together to make music, and it was so obvious all night long that that's still what they are. And to be making music on Jack's own stage had to leave them feeling as giddy as it did all of us in the audience. There was a bit more banter between them before the encore and, just as was mentioned above, so many smiles all night. They would look across at each other and smile, and there were so many moments when Jack was standing back by his amp all by himself and a big grin would come to his face. It was beautiful to see.
They sounded great. I didn't pick up on all the changes in arrangement, but every song was so full of energy and both Jack's and Brendan's voices were perfect. The performance of Blue Veins did not strike me as a face-melting one, but I was seeing it live for the first time and may have been too caught up in watching it to really listen to the solos.
The Third Man stage is not big enough for Jack. He was all over the place between Brendan and LJ, bumping into Patrick's cymbals, his other guitar, LJ... The man's energy is boundless and infectious and someone needs to figure out how to bottle and sell it.
I won't have a blog post up till next week since I'm exhausted at the moment and leaving again tomorrow for Michigan, but I'll post a link here when it's done in case anyone's interested in checking it out. Hot damn. Someone pinch me, I think I just saw the Racs live...
Edited by Kali Durga, 15 September 2011 - 08:04 PM.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:11 PM
(Great that you got that spot--don't think there'll be much chance of a repeat Saturday, but you never know! )
Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:15 PM
So they were good, then?
Nah, they sucked. Worst show I've ever seen in my life.
Could I see it again, please...?
Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:47 PM
Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:58 PM
Edited by Lux White, 15 September 2011 - 07:59 PM.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 08:11 PM
puuuuhhhllleeaaassssee... make some love here and not some war... pot callin the kettle black... nah... just towin the line of believing
jacks always at home with a guitar in his hands... you know this
Posted 15 September 2011 - 10:51 PM
But where is the new material?
sadly, i don't think there will be any fran. had a good talk w/ patrick & i asked him directly about new songs... lol i was getting to the point! ~ he said, nope. not now. he is busy w a few other things, one which includes an opera w/ karen o.
got to hang out w/ kali durga & the rest of the lot down front and had a blast!
it was (finally!!!) my first trip to TMR and jack & co. did not let me down, amazing show ~ but yeah, i was hoping for maybe 1 new song.
seeing them brought back so many memories from the last tour.... i can't imagine them not coming back for a new album. sometime...
Posted 16 September 2011 - 07:04 AM
Posted 16 September 2011 - 08:19 AM
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