House of Blues, Orlando
April, 26, 2010
First, let me give you a bit of background information. White Stripes was born in 1997 with songwriter/singer/guitarist Jack White and Meg White on drums. Meg started to learn to play drums the same year the band was formed. From the beginning Jack stated he and Meg were brother and sister, when in fact Meg White was his wife. Jack White took her surname when they married and they divorced in 2000. His reasoning for keeping his marriage a secret? Jack White: “When they’re brother and sister, you go, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ You care more about the music, not the relationship – whether they’re trying to save their relationship by being in a band.” Well, whatever was going on they made amazing music, a mix of punk, blues, rock. If you haven’t listened to them, you should. Their last album was in 2007.
Lets continue on. Raconteurs became a group after Jack White and his friend Brendan Benson got together and made some music. They are a four member rock band that is driven by Jack White’s music and Brendan Benson’s songwriting. They were the opening band for Bob Dylan on part of his tour in the US (I would have loved to see that). Raconteurs currently have two albums, but the future of the band is unknown as the band was a side project from the beginning.
Now on to Dead Weather. After doctor’s orders that Jack White needed to rest his vocals, Dead Weather was formed in 2009. With Alison Mosshart mostly on vocals, “Jackie White” (as he called himself at the concert) played on drums with an appearance on vocals and guitar. They currently have one album: Horehound, but a new album is expected within a few weeks. Compared to White Stripes, the sound of Dead Weather seems rawer and darker, but still as experimental.
The opening band, The Ettes, were a good opening band. The lead singer has a strong accent, but I enjoyed their music. What I was really impressed by though, was the drummer. She was crazy, in a good way! I have a great video of her jamming and throwing her head up and down with the drum strikes, but unfortunately wordpress doesn’t allow the video format I have. I saw a youtube interview on “Poni” (drummer’s nickname) and she didn’t start playing drums until after they formed the band. She also said that she chose drums because she likes to hit things.
Dead Weather gave one of the best concerts I’ve been to. Some bands can’t cut it live and only sound good in the studio, but not Dead Weather. Their music comes alive and just seemed so natural and passionate. Sorry I couldn’t upload my videos, but I did add a youtube video at the end.