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The White Stripes @ Irving Plaza, NYC - June 19, 2007(CRED)
White Stripes @ Fillmore Irving Plaza

I have to go to bed now. Consider this a placeholder.

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Comments (136)

gahh. Did they end up really playing till 12 something?

Posted by S | June 20, 2007 12:56 AM

I just got home - they played from 10:50 to 12:45

It was nuts.

Posted by MARLOW | June 20, 2007 1:10 AM

10:45 to 12:45...no Seven Nation Army, but nonetheless an ode to all thats blue and twangy.
And screechy, let's not forget screechy. Great surf solos in I Smelled a Rat. Must to bed now...

Posted by zeke | June 20, 2007 1:13 AM

I was 10 or so ppl back from the front of the stage.
CRAZY show, really great. I felt like a sardine.
I got awesome pics, and one of those nifty posters.
My feet hurt. I like how the "no camera" policy was strictly enforced....NOT! heheh

Posted by russ | June 20, 2007 1:15 AM

Great great show.

Posted by danfun | June 20, 2007 1:15 AM

the show was lame.

Posted by bronxomnivore | June 20, 2007 1:20 AM

wow do they always look so stupid in their pajamas

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:28 AM

unreal. no one performs like they do. no one. it was like a religious experience.

Posted by sherylw. | June 20, 2007 1:28 AM

unreal. no one performs like they do. no one. it was like a religious experience.

Posted by sherylw. | June 20, 2007 1:28 AM

you ever wonder what megs panties smell like after two hours of sitting and twirling and jumping up and down on that drum stool in a hot sweaty club?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:31 AM

unreal. no one performs like they do. no one. it was like a religious experience

wrong! you and your sister do!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:35 AM

Yes I do!

Posted by jjazznola | June 20, 2007 1:37 AM

Fuck Paul McCartney
Fuck Interpol
Fuck Franz Ferdinand
Fuck every other show

This was the show of the year so far.

This show had everything
Nasty Guitar licks
Beautiful Heartfelt Blues
Meg's Amazing Breasts flapping to and fro
An absolutely horrible opening group
Stupid Record Company people
Hipsters galore
Moron Lugheads(specifcally fat guy in red shirt, imbicile in white shirt and jerkoff in the fireman t-shirt of which 2 were thrown out)
Your requiste celebs(Drea Demateo, Shooter Jennings, Rufus Wainwright, Jim Jarmusch, Aziz from Human Giant, One of the guys from 30 Rock,Danny Masterson
And finally what amazing show would not be complete without shout outs to Yonkers.

Bliss

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:40 AM

i don't get it

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:41 AM

anybody else think jack whites a closeted gay?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:48 AM

"you ever wonder what megs panties smell like after two hours of sitting and twirling and jumping up and down on that drum stool in a hot sweaty club?"


Hahahahahaha hilarious. I dont know but i know id like to live in there for a week

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:49 AM

Danny was there? Fuck that noise, man. That asshole gets all the good tickets.

Posted by Christopher Masterson | June 20, 2007 1:50 AM

BV - please start this thread over, for it has already been taken over by the sausage-fest that was at the show this evening! enough refrences to breasts, panties and homophobia already, everyone... move on, and talk about the show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:59 AM

I got awesome pics, and one of those nifty posters.
My feet hurt. I like how the "no camera" policy was strictly enforced....NOT! heheh

Posted by russ

why not post your fucking pics and share them instead of bragging about them like you got some toy at hannukah that no one else got! did you get pics of megs panties?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:59 AM

BV - please start this thread over, for it has already been taken over by the sausage-fest that was at the show tonight!!!

Meg's breasts and panties?! is Jack White a "closet gay?"

are you guys serious?! what kind of comments are these? embarassing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 2:05 AM

everyone... move on, and talk about the show.

why didn't you talk about the show you whining crisco ass!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 2:06 AM

did anyone spot the super celeb MACUALLY CULKIN at the show? He was a party monster!

Posted by ILoveMacually | June 20, 2007 2:27 AM

SHOW OF THE YEAR!!! (so far)

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 2:38 AM

It was a great show. White Stripes never disappoint, but it was far from the best show of the year for me. I can think of at least twenty better ones. It could be in my top ten if it was at Bowery or Highline. I can't stand Irving when it's a sold out show. I can see though how this can be the best show of the year for some people, who don't go to as many shows and only stick to rock/indie.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 3:10 AM

Anon 1:40AM,

Who ended their post with "Bliss". Did you go to the Coldplay show in Wallingford, Connecticut back in February 2003?

Posted by b.LOUD | June 20, 2007 7:43 AM

My ears are still ringing. Nasty nasty sweet screechy blues.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 7:45 AM

AWESOME. could be the best show I have seen all year- Haven't seen them play since the last Bowery Ballroom gig years ago and they got A LOT better. They blew my fucking mind, period

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 8:22 AM

It was truly an amazing show. During Ball and Biscuit at the encore Jack started soloing with one hand, just because he could. He was making shrugging faces while shredding the shit out of his guitar. He also made fun of idiots at SPIN magazine and Sony music.


I WAS NEAR THOSE FUCKHEADS BY THE WAY. They were so lame.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 8:52 AM

FREAKISH BLUES AT THEIR BEST

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 8:53 AM

Danny Masterson = not a celebrity

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 8:58 AM

Forget about Meg's breasts and panties... her ass is spectacular. The things I'd eat out of it...

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:01 AM

some of you haven't had a girlfriend in quite a while, have you?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:16 AM

"It was truly an amazing show. During Ball and Biscuit at the encore Jack started soloing with one hand, just because he could. He was making shrugging faces while shredding the shit out of his guitar. He also made fun of idiots at SPIN magazine and Sony music."

he's a good guitarist, but any chump with a highly distorted amp can solo with just his left thumb.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:17 AM

Easy Rev. Bob

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:17 AM

Ugggh, you bastards. I would have cut off a finger to have been there.

Did anyone catch them on Conan the other night? I thought "Icky Thump" sounded pretty bad...Jack almost looked like he was nervous. Anyone with me on that?

But yeah, you can go back to talking about the show. I hate you all.

Posted by Drugs Delaney | June 20, 2007 9:23 AM

What about Sarah and her pleasantly plump friends?!?! Did they jup up on the stage at the end and steal Meg's basketball?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:29 AM

Great, great show. Just about perfect, except for the crowd.

Posted by topher | June 20, 2007 9:30 AM

I agree with Drugs Delaney. Icky Thump on Conan was a little off, but the acoustic number, Effect & Cause, played on the steps by the audience with Meg on the tambourine definitely made up for it.

I love DVR.

Posted by Carl | June 20, 2007 9:37 AM

"some of you haven't had a girlfriend in quite a while, have you?"

no

some of us have had _your_ girlfriend

she says you work too much

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:47 AM

Anon at 9:47 had the most childish response ever. Anon at 9:16 wins.

Posted by mel | June 20, 2007 9:51 AM

That was an awesome show. My ears are still ringing today. Maybe because I was practically next to the speakers, but I've gone to a ton of shows, and my ears have never been this bad.

Posted by Patricia | June 20, 2007 9:52 AM

Did anyone else get pelted with candy at the start of the show? candy with red and white stripes?

Posted by the blonde behind you | June 20, 2007 9:53 AM

Forget about Meg's breasts and panties... her ass is spectacular. The things I'd eat out of it...
Posted by Anon-

we have a rimmer in the munch a bunch!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:54 AM

Forget about Meg's breasts and panties... her ass is spectacular. The things I'd eat out of it...
Posted by Anon-

we have a rimmer in the munch a bunch!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:55 AM

Forget about Meg's breasts and panties... her ass is spectacular. The things I'd eat out of it...
Posted by Anon-

we have a rimmer in the munch a bunch!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 9:55 AM

Married to Jack or not, wow did they Citizens band absolutely suck! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot during the whole painfully awful set.

Posted by Gerry | June 20, 2007 9:56 AM

"That was an awesome show. My ears are still ringing today. Maybe because I was practically next to the speakers, but I've gone to a ton of shows, and my ears have never been this bad."

^^^

yeah mine too. I was worried when I woke up this morning and found that they weren't any better than last night. I think more than the guitar it was jack's 'meg mic' with the lower octave effect that was blasting through the speakers so hard. worth it, though.

definitely true about the meaty vibe at the show. a bunch of different dudes all kept threatening to punch each other in the face.

show got off to a slow start with some technical problems and jack in general wasn't looking super into it, icky thump did sound off btw, but everything changed when he cut jolene short and then just destroyed everything for the rest of the night. meg sounded great too (though her kick drum mic dropped out a bit at times) and when she came up front to sing cold cold night everyone freaked out and she was all bashful and cute.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:06 AM

Couldn't get tickets. Don't feel bad for having a stolen copy of the record for the last month. Really like the record, but will never by it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:12 AM

did anyone catch the awesome "Rag and Bone" instrumental riffing that Jack did about halfway through the show? That is a SICK tune.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:19 AM

did anyone else get pelted with candy at the start of the show? red and white striped candy?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:19 AM

The show was so worth getting up at 6 am for! Jack is a quintessential showman and Meg a lovely foil. The performance was intense. And I liked Jack’s story about camping when was 12 in a tent with another boy who thought it was unfair that he could take lessons in operating farm machinery when his sister got swimming lessons (even though farm machinery would not have been muse use in Detroit) and brought a squirrel into their tent that he had killed with his bare hands. Jack said the tent was like a prison, and he didn’t know what to do then, and he wouldn’t know what do now either.

The opening band was really bad.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:26 AM

black math was so fucking fun.
had everyone jumping.
every song had everyone jumping.
one of the best shows i've ever been to.
jack is a maniac on the guitar.
all those one handed solos,
i was worried and imagined someone was going into a seizure with all those damn strobe lights haha.
it made it look all so surreal though.
what a great show. so lucky to've been there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:28 AM

anybody with a spare shirt to sell or trade?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:30 AM

nah. i thought the Citizens Band were charming.
of course, the name "band" is a misnomer.
they're more of a cabaret act if anything.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:30 AM

Some more pics and a short review over here:

http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack/?p=742

Posted by Ace Cowboy | June 20, 2007 10:31 AM

Standing in line since 2 in the morning to get my ticket was completely worth it. I would not have it any other way. Could you say amazing?!?!
Complaints:
-The people standing up in the balcony had absolutly no energy. They were the snobby "VIPs" not the true White Stripes fans. I was expecting that balcony to get crazy (but nope!).
-Took such a long time for them to be setting up in between sets. I got quite tired just standing there and waiting while nothing was happening.

Awesome-ness:
-THE SETLIST! The White Stripes chose their list wiesely. They knew that everyone was camping out all night. This concert was for their biggest fans, and if you didn't like it: tough. The close to 2 HOUR setlist was stunning.
-The Citizens Band. I know people werent fond of it. But I found it very cool to hear a 1930's Cabaret band in 2007. I would not expect anything else from the White Stripes.

The MSG show is not going to compare at all to the amazing sounds they produced at the Fillmore.

Posted by Oliver Klein | June 20, 2007 10:38 AM

Thanks for the pics Russ.

Jack&Meg tore that place up.

As far as all that juvenile comments go, I guess that's what we should expect from a 16 and up crowd. A bunch of chumps that wouldn't know what to do if Meg came up to them in the cold cold night.

Posted by sticky bump | June 20, 2007 10:39 AM

citizens was like a cross between Rocky Horror and Squirrel Nut Zippers- I had no idea how to respond to them..the chicks were pretty hot... It was a hoot

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:42 AM

The MSG show is not going to compare at all to the amazing sounds they produced at the Fillmore.

Posted by Oliver Klein

kinda tough to predict how a show that hasn't happened yet will be one one from now

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 10:48 AM

did anyone happen to buy an extra small shirt? i could really use one.

Posted by Nick (The Delay) | June 20, 2007 10:50 AM

them rocking a small club is a cool experience that many of us have already experienced over the years -- them at MSG is going to be something else completely different and intersting, to see the 2 of them command the audience of what I'm sure will be a sold out crowd should be an interesting dynamic

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:05 AM

I thought the show was amazing, and The Citizens band seemed both a perfect and offbeat theatrical opener. Their make-up, lighting etc. was completely on-point and totally a quality stand-alone act. The cover of Phil Ochs Draft Dodger Rag and the Dylan cover fit their whole anti-war theme and were really good and funny to me. Of the course the Stripes were amazing, but GA front at Keyspan park was so much nicer - probably because of the people. Was it just me, but the people around me seemed so different from the nice laid back people from the line on Saturday? I kept getting pushed and shoved by large tall and smelly men, who insisted on getting in front of me. Which was especially pleasant because my short stature leaves me at arm-pit level with these jerks. Why did people insist on cutting in front of me, I know for a fact I'm not blocking anyones view. One drunk man in particular left me feeling like I was owed dinner at the end of the night. And the people who seemed to be fighting around me who flew into me, if I wasn't caught I would have definitely hit the floor. Totally not cool. I go to a ton of shows and I've never seen it that bad, maybe it was just where I was standing? I'm almost tempted to sell my GA MSG ticket and buy a seat. However I'll see how I feel when my achy body recovers. The music was amazing as always, so perhaps I'll suck it up. I was so happy to hear Hotel Yorba, I Think I smell a Rat and I'm Slowly Turning Into You among others.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:10 AM

So apparently Irving Plaza sounds excellent when people like the band a lot. No complains this time about the Irving Plaza sound?

Posted by Eduardo | June 20, 2007 11:11 AM

overcrowded, hot, sweaty. The people whose shoulders i was watching the show over liked the band so much that they couldn't shut the f*ck up about Jack and Meg. I'd see Jack for a minute, then he would disappear behind this dumb c*nt's profile, saying to her friend "Oh my god, he's such a good guitarist," or some other banal sh*t like that. ugh. Then, every 15 minutes some mofo would barrel into the crowd around where i was standing to try to gain ground using wild dancing as their cover. It was weird, all of the people around me were very territorial and effectively drove away any party crashers once the show started. I had to grab some dude by the shoulders and forcibly remove from where i had been standing before he checked me into the tallest guy in the room. I told him, "We can't occupy the same space" and threw him as hard as i could to my right where he received similar treatment from the people next to me.

i dunno, on one hand you can say, "Hey, this isn't the Starland Ballroom in Sayerville, NJ, behave like an adult. Don't forget about those Cabaret Laws." on the other hand, it's a f*cking show right? if your not going to dance and go nuts, go way the hell to the back, although we were pretty far in the back. I guess what it comes down to is, general consensus. If you're pissing everyone off around you, you're an a$$hole.

Oh, and i have something that i hope is wax on my arm, but i think some a$$hole was either spitting off of the balcony or from the crowd behind me. Although, it doesn't look like spit or smell like wax. I think someone was actually jerking off on the crowd from the balcony. Maybe it was some young record exec. who having his first V.I.P experience at Irving Plaza, or the Fillmore, or whatever the f*ck they wanna call it.
yeah, show of the year. never again.

Posted by Perry Wallace | June 20, 2007 11:14 AM

regarding conan: they actually stopped and replayed icky thump at the taping because his guitar was not in tune and there was live feedback caused by the guitar/synth meeting during a solo. they were really charming and polite about it, but that might have caused him to look a little nervous. i didn't notice the song being off.

as for the show...fuck yeah! that kid really brings the rock. sick. and i agree with the guy above that citizen's band were a perfect opener for a "special" sort of event.

$5 t-shirt, making sure the biggest fans get priority, and rocking the shit out the joint = the white stripes way.

Posted by skinnyslim | June 20, 2007 11:22 AM

the show was insane. performance wise, easily the best of the year.

however though, it was probably the worst crowd you'll ever want to see a show with. people here complain about hipsters, but i'd take them over the trailer park trash that was at the show anyday.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:30 AM

the show was insane. performance wise, easily the best of the year.

however though, it was probably the worst crowd you'll ever want to see a show with. people here complain about hipsters, but i'd take them over the trailer park trash that was at the show anyday.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:30 AM

a) meg white is far more attractive after seeing that show. i too will eat a plethora of items out of her ass, especially if they were marinating in it throughout the show.

b) jack white is a SICK guitarist, and has SICK guitars.

c) if being "the fillmore" means we get tuesday night shows that end around 1AM...then im totally fine with live nation whoring out a cultural institution as a branding initiative

Posted by the drew | June 20, 2007 11:35 AM

"c) if being "the fillmore" means we get tuesday night shows that end around 1AM...then im totally fine with live nation whoring out a cultural institution as a branding initiative"

haha.... well put!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:41 AM

Eduardo says "zing!"

Posted by Brian | June 20, 2007 11:42 AM

people here complain about hipsters, but i'd take them over the trailer park trash that was at the show anyday. Posted by Anon

what's the diff between an idiot who's a hipster and an idiot who's trailer trash --- their clothes? they both come from and still use bridge and tunnels. and trailer trash doesn't hang out that late in city clubs sinec they have to work at the crack of dawn but all hipsters have to do is buy a 10 AM starbucks frap and head to a 12 oclock lighting design class at tisch school.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:48 AM

now don't get me wrong.
this show was totally awesome and all.
but being a MUCH bigger fan of Wilco,
the show at Warsaw next week is going to KILL.
god, i can't fuckin' wait.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:50 AM

randalls island? the great lawn? liberty state park?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 11:53 AM

celeb sitings?
i saw adam sandberg, josh hartnet, helena christianson...asnyone else?
amazing show.
jack white is the best out there

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:02 PM

celeb sitings?
i saw adam sandberg, josh hartnet, helena christianson...asnyone else?
amazing show.
jack whiyr is the best out there

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:02 PM

"celeb sitings?"

Macaulay Culkin, Andy Samberg, Josh Hartnet, Helena Christensen, Jim Jarmusch, Aziz Ansari, Matthew Caws from Nada Surf, Trigger the owner of Continental, Rufus Wainwright, and Danny Masterson (That 70s Show), and supposedly someone from 30 Rock

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:23 PM

Great, great, great show.... What amazing performers they have evolved into... God, I can't believe the transformation since my first show with them in 2001. They were talented and daring but the sound was a little weak live. In fact, I did not buy tickets to the MSG show because they never seem to be strong enough to play a huge venue (festivals dates I saw in the past seem to support my fear). But now, wow....
They are just awesome...

And Meg has improved ten fold (although it seems she will always have her own extra beat). Meg is so cute. I have always had such a girl crush on her. I agree she is great foil to Mr. White.

The crowd could have been a little nicer... This dumb frat boy before the show pushed and threatened me at a whooping 5'4 and my chinese i friend at 4'9 about how he was going to be in front of us. i think to impress his girlfriend.... what made it worse is they talked through most of the show.. must have been industry wankers because why would you come to chat espicially considering the investment required to obtain the tickets. I mean i waited in line for tickets from 2:30 am to 10 am and i was here only to be absorbed into the music. Goal achieved, too.

But in the saying the above, it was great to bump into some of the old time NY fans in the crowd...

Good show...

Posted by Amy | June 20, 2007 12:33 PM

UMM>Does anyone have 2 GA tix for MSG??? I'd def def def be interested after seeing them last night.

Jack White is a rabid animal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:34 PM

"people here complain about hipsters, but i'd take them over the trailer park trash that was at the show anyday."

Hahaha, that's really funny because it's so true.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:38 PM

01 "When I Hear My Name"
02 "Dead Leaves"
03 "Icky Thump"
04 "Cannon"
05 "John The Revelator"
06 "My Doorbell"
07 "I’m Slowly Turning Into You"
08 "Jolene" (cut short)
09 "Hotel Yorba"
10 "I Think I Smell A Rat" (Jack teases "Misirlou")
11 "Effect And Cause"
12 "Apple Blossom"
13 "Same Boy You’ve Always Known"
14 "Catch Hell Blues"
15 "St. James Infirmary Blues"
16 "Cold, Cold Night"
17 "I Want to be the Boy to Warm Your Mother’s Heart"
18 "You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket"
19 "Astro"
20 "Union Forever" (lyric tease to "Little Cream Soda")
++ Jack's caffeinated NYC sightseeing day*
21 "Blackjack Davey"
22 "Black Math"
23 "Let's Build A Home"
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23 "Blue Orchid"
++ Jack's squirrely standup#
24 "A Martyr For My Love For You"
25 "I Don't Know What To Do With Myself"
26 "Ball And A Biscuit"
27 "Bo Weevil"

* "Today I had coffee at the base of Empire State Building. And then I had a latte at Ellis Island. And then I had a cappuccino at the top of some nice, shiny building, I think it was the Chrysler Building. And then I had a funnel cake at Battery Park. And then I had a cigarette on the Staten Island Ferry. I didn't smoke it, I just held it. And then I rode across Central Park. I wrote a song, but I forgot it by the time I got to the other side."

# "Anyone here from Yonkers?" (Mix of cheers, boos, laughs) "That's a strange reaction to a question ... I had a friend when I was 12, we went camping and he caught a squirrel with his barehands in the broad day light. We sat in the tent, it was a lot like prison, just talking, and he started telling me stories. Like about his favorite types of lawnmowers, gas vs. electric, about how his parents let his sister take swimming lessons, but he wasn't allowed to take lessons to learn how to operate farm equipment. Which was weird 'cause we lived in southwest Detroit, not like there's much use for farm equipment. It was then that I realized he had brought that squirrel in, that he had captured and killed." (Audience responds) "Yeah, tough question ... you don't know if you should be sad or what. To this day, I don't know how I'd react."


Posted by stereogum | June 20, 2007 12:42 PM

Famous people list:

Macaulay Culkin, The Raveonettes, The Kills, Jim Jarmush, Elena Chistensen, Michael Sheen (also know as The guy who played Tony Blair on The Queen), Ryan Gentles, Josh Harnett, Angella Lindval, Drea de Matteo, Brendan Benson, Michael Fox, Rufus Wainwright, Danny Masterson, Jessica Stam (You know the usual suspects...)

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:46 PM

Famous people list:

Macaulay Culkin, The Raveonettes, The Kills, Jim Jarmush, Elena Chistensen, Michael Sheen (also know as The guy who played Tony Blair on The Queen), Ryan Gentles, Josh Harnett, Angella Lindval, Drea de Matteo, Brendan Benson, Michael Fox, Rufus Wainwright, Danny Masterson, Jessica Stam (You know the usual suspects...)

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:46 PM

I've seen The White Stripes a ton of times, dating back to their first album.

Although I have grown w/ the band, I have to say that last night was a sign that the end will (and should) come for the band.

Jack had contempt for the audience as well as contempt himself.

Any emotion he showed was phoned in.

His guitar playing is extremely overrated. All one needs is to be a mediocre guitar player and own a Digiwhammy pedal and you can play like Jack White.


The new album is awful.

Jack White is not God.

And The White Stripes are done.

Posted by Jack White | June 20, 2007 12:48 PM

drew barrymore, pam greer, josh hartnett, matt fox, winona

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:49 PM

did anyone see quentin tarantino and gondry chattin it up? wish i had a photo

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:50 PM

jesus.. i didn't see ANY ONE of those people.
i was near the right side in the front and i looked up and saw unrecognizable faces.
where were these people located?
one by one please.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 12:59 PM

I was upstairs and i can tell you that quentin tarantino, pam greer, drew barrymore,matt fox, winona ryder were NOT THERE. This is someone trying to be funny. And since when did Ryan Gentiles(the manager of the strokes) and trigger from continental become celebs?????

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:09 PM

to the cat who said its their worst album and the band is over, yadda yadda- so long .....the new album is their best by far and adds a Heavy Rock element to the live show- Its a damn good time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:15 PM

Curse all of you. And curse MSG, for I'll never get to see the Stripes.

Posted by Chris | June 20, 2007 1:15 PM

Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Moses...

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:23 PM

"to the cat who said its their worst album and the band is over, yadda yadda- so long .....the new album is their best by far and adds a Heavy Rock element to the live show- Its a damn good time."

You obviously know nothing about music and your opinion isn't worth a bananna.

Posted by Jack White | June 20, 2007 1:26 PM

'Get Behind Me Satan' was their best album. I'm disappointed to hear that they're not playing more than one or two songs from that album live anymore. The show at Keyspan Park in '05 was amazing. But I feel there will be something missing now that Jack's narrowed his vision back down to guitar-based rock. Expanding to experiment with more instruments is what made 'Get Behind Me Satan' so great. Sad to see him give it up.

Posted by FrixFrixFrix | June 20, 2007 1:37 PM

what was missing was the guitar based rock.
that came before the multi-instrumentation.
and who says he's giving it up forever?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:41 PM

I think I saw Winnona Ryder with some guy out front having a cigarette. It was during the show - about 5 or 6 songs in.
Not sure. If so, she is tiny.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 1:41 PM

'Get Behind Me Satan' wasn't missing guitar-based rock, there was just less of it. It was a more well-balanced album with a lot of great variety. And if you saw any of the shows from that tour, there was no shortage of guitar heroics.

I'm also not suggesting that he's given up on experimenting and decided to stay with the all guitar all the time thing. Just that after 'Get Behind Me Satan', I was looking forward to see where he was going to take it, what he was going to try next. But instead he kind of took a step backward. Which isn't bad, I like the old records just fine, but I was looking forward to something different.

Posted by FrixFrixFrix | June 20, 2007 2:00 PM

kate moss

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 2:10 PM

I agree with Jack White.

Seen em tons of times over the years. Couldn't believe how sloppy and unprofessional they were last night especially for a guy so anal and detail oriented as Jack is. Guitars constantly out of tune (which killed Dead Leaves), drums sounded weak and thin where usually Meg's sound kills.

He's not a good guitar player, the illusion is through the use of various pedals and lot's and lot's of distortion giving the impression that he's jimmy page reborn.

Why all the vamping in "I think i smell a rat"? So indulgent and not very impressive ruining a formerly great live staple, same with Jolene, why cut it short? It's a great cover.

I think age, fatherhood et all have softened Jack up too much. Was way too pedestrian a show.

I did love the fact that t shirts were $5 (sold out by the time i got to the merch booth damn it) and that the setlist was tailored to super fans to the point of excluding at least 2 of their biggest singles ("fell in love w/a girl" "7 nation army" but i really do think the bands better days (both from a recorded music and live performance point of view) are behind them.

Posted by Meg White | June 20, 2007 2:45 PM

Jessica Stam AND Angella Lindval??? No. WAY!!!! What did they say about the show?? Were they psyched to be in the same room as Michael Sheen??? Please! I need more details about these huge stars!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 2:52 PM

what the frix?

so i guess the only way for WS to remain credible is if they continued 'growing' as a band by taking it to the next level, maybe adding some strings or doing an inevitable 'white album', some backwards tracks here and there. big deal, so he went back to some basic blues songs.

who cares what you want out of a band, it's the new WS album take it or leave it.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 3:39 PM

NO no kate moss and again no winona ryder you nitwits. Just throwing out names there. I was in celeb row upstairs and pretty much saw everyone who was there

Keyspan Park was so not a great show. Probably one of the worst times i have seen them and i have pretty much seen all the shows they have played in nyc

Get Behind me Satan is not their best album by far. The new one is not their best either but it is really good and adds a new dimension which has to be done for this band to grow. If nothing else it shows the effect playing in the Raconteurs had on Jack. I cant wait now to hear their new cd which has apparently been recorded already

And for the people posting that Jack White is not a great guitarist and anyone can do what he does..pffft, you are a joke and have probably never picked up a guitar in your life.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 3:40 PM

what the frix?

so i guess the only way for WS to remain credible is if they continued 'growing' as a band by taking it to the next level, maybe adding some strings or doing an inevitable 'white album', some backwards tracks here and there. big deal, so he went back to some basic blues songs.

who cares what you want out of a band, it's the new WS album take it or leave it.

Posted by phanonymous | June 20, 2007 3:59 PM

who cares *IF* winona ryder kate moss tarentino and josh harnett were there?
does that make for a better show?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 4:05 PM

"I have to say that last night was a sign that the end will (and should) come for the band."


Of course, because they're playing the GARDEN!!!!!! What's after the Garden?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 4:07 PM

to all you peeps who think jack white is not a great guitar player, the last time i checked no one got up at 5am and waited four hours in a ticket line to see your sorry-asses.

Posted by phanonymous | June 20, 2007 4:19 PM

phanonymous,

welcome to opinions. enjoy.

also, having ideas to back your opinions rather than blindly ranting generally makes people listen to what you're saying instead of just ignoring you and dismissing you as an asshole.

if you'd like to join in an intelligent conversation, I'll be over here.

Posted by FrixFrixFrix | June 20, 2007 4:25 PM

did everyone have to wait in line? i got one at the door from s guy for 40

Posted by ko | June 20, 2007 4:33 PM

was anyone up close? more specifically, does anyone know why people were getting the boot? the whole damn section was narc'ing someone proper to security.

Posted by Shep | June 20, 2007 4:35 PM

ANON 4:33 pm said "did everyone have to wait in line? i got one at the door from s guy for 40"

Well I was on the guest list so i did not have to wait in line or pay anything for a ticket

I guess that makes me better than you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 4:37 PM

theres not much more to add, just an amazing night. if the garden is half as good as last nite, i will be a happy man. big thanx once again to tom (kaputnik) for hooking me up with the ticket. i would have died if i missed this show. the only blemish on a perfect nite were the assholes standing next to us. espeically the fat guy in the red shirt who had more hair on his face than chewbacca. i feel especially bad for the 2 girls standing right next to him, he would not leave them alone. the looks on their faces were priceless everytime he opened his mouth. you think he would have gotten the hint after an hour or so.

Posted by chris | June 20, 2007 4:44 PM

Anon 4:35
"was anyone up close? more specifically, does anyone know why people were getting the boot? the whole damn section was narc'ing someone proper to security."

Maybe you should read the posts before you which is actually a note to everyone cause someone posts all the info first and then tons of people post the same fucking information like they are first out of the gate with it

As stated above there were 3 lugheads close to the front annoying everyone and pushing and shoving. 2 of them got thrown out right before the encore,

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 4:47 PM

Meg White? Wouldn't her post consist of taking a drag of a Camel?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 4:57 PM

THIS JUST IN:
the new album sucks. and y'all are a bunch of suckers who've been had by the best bonnie and clyde of pop culture.

jokes on you for sleeping out waiting for tickets.
jokes on you for acting like an ass.
" who the hell moshes to a marlene deitrich song"
DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONEDONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONEDONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE

when I first heard them I thought they were the next coming of THE GORIES, now it's more like Alice in Chains.
& Why does the first half of the tour get Dan Sartain, but not NYC? There is the real jip.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 4:59 PM

Yeah, Nick Fucking Cave. What a joke!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 5:02 PM

Well the guy above Anon 4:59pm is a blithering idiot but he does make 2 good points

1)Citizens Band was just awful I mean not even good theater. That shit wouldnt even go over at PS.122

2)Dan Sartain is awesome but im very satisfied with Grinderman opening

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 5:09 PM

i tried to get in too and was shocked i did
no guestlist but 30 bucks
not bad!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 5:52 PM

hey chris 4:44,

where were you standing? I think I know the guy you called an asshole but I didn't notice him bothering or hitting on anyone. just curious.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 6:09 PM

instead of a place holder shelves of vinyl wrote a decent review.
http://shelvesofvinyl.blogspot.com/2007/06/youve-got-us-in-your-pocket-and-theres.html
enjoy.

Posted by brad | June 20, 2007 6:26 PM

"to all you peeps who think jack white is not a great guitar player, the last time i checked no one got up at 5am and waited four hours in a ticket line to see your sorry-asses."

i agree with your sentiment on jacks guitar prowess.
but god that's such an awful excuse and reason as to why you believe he's good.
people waiting on line to see someone does NOT deem them good.
and i think people who criticize Jacks playing overestimate the presence and effect of effect pedals.
sure, a distorition/fuzz box can make someone who can't play guitar that well sound like they're good, but the fact of the matter is that you HAVE to have skill to play the way someone like Jack does.
like all the old bluesmen, it's not about dexterity but rather the feeling and confidence and passion you have in your playing.
and if ANY of you guys were there last night, Jack is certainly not a good player because of "pedals"
what a fucking stupid excuse.
he's a great guitar player.
playing as well as he has to.
simple as that.

i'm out.
fucks sake.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 7:05 PM

Anon 7:05pm
well said brother. I agree completely

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 7:15 PM

did anyone else see Gary Coleman, Emmanuel Lewis and Verne Troyer at the bar slamming car bombs?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 7:39 PM

Anon. 7:39: That joke isn't funny anymore.

Posted by S.P.M. | June 20, 2007 8:06 PM

jack white is a monster guitar player. man o man

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2007 8:55 PM

hey anon 5:52,

i was standing about 12 people back , and when you were looking at the stage i was to the right. i wasnt to far from the railings along the right of the wall. those guys standing at the railing were the most obnoxious assholes. 2 girls pushed there way into where they were standing and this guy in the red shirt didnt leave them alone for a good hour. it was hysterical to see their facial expressions everytime he opened his mouth.

Posted by chris | June 20, 2007 9:20 PM

i was up against the baracade right in front of meg. i got a nasty video of jacks one handed guitar solo ill upload tomorrow, along with like 100 shots.

Posted by Nick *The Delay* | June 21, 2007 1:51 AM

Read it & weep or commiserate - from NYMAG

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2007/06/jack_white_haunted_by_dead_squ_1.html#more

Jack White has been giving all his love to his other band the Raconteurs as of late, forcing hundreds of White Stripes fans to desperate measures. To wit: Many slept on the street outside Irving Plaza to score tickets to last night’s "secret" gig.

Using four microphones, three guitars, and two red keyboards, Jack played a two-hour set of stomping blues-rock, tying it all together with Zeppelin-esque dirges that wandered into the Pulp Fiction theme song (“Pump It”) before meandering on to Dolly Parton’s “Joleen.”

Jack's frequently recurring Tim Burton–esque sideshow persona came out for only a moment, when he shared a story about a camping trip in his youth during which a friend insisted on keeping a dead squirrel he'd captured in their tent. "That's when you know someone's not right," he mused.


Jack’s wife, Karen Elson, sang in the opening act Citizens Band, a saloon-girl theater troupe, during which performance Elson was upstaged by her “bandmate” who climbed a rope to the ceiling and hung upside down showering flower petals on the audience.

For his part, Jack was shining about one million megawatts brighter than that aloof spot of red he calls a bandmate. With his musical breadth exploding on the new album, the fact that Meg can’t play a drum fill or a sixteenth note is more of a handicap than ever. While Meg was busy being an embarrassment to her gender, some roughneck guys embarrassed their own by starting a testosterone-fueled fight near the stage as everyone waited for the encore. —Elizabeth Cline

Posted by rnrrenegade | June 21, 2007 2:02 AM

good show, jack isn't an amazing guitarist. and i rather have trailer trash than hipsters at a concert, only because hipsters complain and they think they're better than anyone else, and just because they live in neighboring towns of poverty, doesn't mean they are cultural. it's off topic, but even when i went to see animal collective. maybe i shouldn't enjoy indie bands too much.

Posted by RUSS THORN (HUGE DRILL DUDE!) | June 21, 2007 2:50 AM

Well never should NYMAG be quoted in the context of any discussion. Most of their writers including Liz Cline are really poor at what they do.
From the blurb it is apparent this woman has no idea about this band or what makes it special. Amazing that she has no idea that the song she calls pump it as the pulp fiction theme song is actually called miserlou by dick dale and the del tones.

And once again anyone saying Jack White is not a good guitarist has probably never picked up the instrument.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2007 3:16 AM

And once again anyone saying Jack White is not a good guitarist has probably never picked up the instrument.

Posted by Anon

And, I might add, the above goes for those who don't play but, still say he's good -- which is the same difference, same for the pro vs. contra stance.

For what it's worth, I both play, and think Jack's good: very good.

Also, he knows his music VERY well.

It's refreshing to have a "rooted" musician who's also progressive: if he falls, he falls FORWARD, as they say.

Furthermore, I do prefer Jack White as a musician and performer when he collaborates with other artists -- both in the studio and onstage; whether with the Stones, Loretta, Raconteurs, Strokes etc.

His doing so has always brought out both brighter and deeper, as well as broader, sides of his musicality.

Posted by rnrrenegade | June 21, 2007 2:19 PM

Well never should NYMAG be quoted in the context of any discussion. Posted by Anonymous

And, imagine how dull this posting would have been if, it was nothing but a droolfest.

Posted by rnrrenegade | June 21, 2007 2:21 PM

hilarious she quotes the black eyed peas song that samples misirlou as opposed to the original source. yes i feel like "comic book guy" -- but seriously, if you are writing about pop culture, knowing that isn't that obscure, its the pulp fiction soundtrack for fucksake. not that "under the radar" -- she does lose all credit in her writing for that fact alone.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2007 3:12 PM

hipsters = painful ordinariness personified.
don't flatter them by thinking they go to to Tisch. They are the same working stiffs as everyone else, except they don't spend their money on weed like the trailer kids do - they spend it on their "deconstructed" Rogan jeans. Materialistic, poorly read, sexually inadequate...all of these terms come to mind. Too pathetic for words.

Posted by alexis | June 22, 2007 8:31 AM

hipsters = painful ordinariness personified.
don't flatter them by thinking they go to to Tisch. They are the same working stiffs as everyone else, except they don't spend their money on weed like the trailer kids do - they spend it on their "deconstructed" Rogan jeans. Materialistic, poorly read, sexually inadequate...all of these terms come to mind. Too pathetic for words.

Posted by alexis

damn, you're good :)

Posted by manhattan carnivore | June 22, 2007 10:15 AM

AMAZING SHOW! I was the last one to get tickets actually, and I was about four feet from the stage.
Best concert experience of my life.

LONG LIVE WHITE STRIPES!

Posted by Alen | November 10, 2007 11:47 PM

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