"met jack white for the first time tonight at the dead weather show." -David Pajo
"It's only fitting that it was a gloomy and rainy on the night of the first ever public performance by music supergroup The Dead Weather. And while the cold clammy weather was bummer for those hovering by the entrance of the Bowery Ballroom in hopes of snagging an extra ticket to the sold out performance, for the lucky folks who made it inside the outlook was positive.Crystal Stilts opened last night's show with a short set right at 9:00.
Judging from the pre-show audience chatter it seemed as though the major draw of the night was to see Jack White strut his stuff with his new side project, but as soon as the band came out on stage and started in on the first rock-fueled tune, all eyes were on frontwoman Alison Mosshart.
Known as the female half of the rock duo The Kills, Mosshart is familiar with being in the (shared) spotlight. But where The Kills's energy comes from the push and pull between Mosshart and her bandmate Jamie Hince, the dynamic of the Dead Weather is hinged upon Mosshart's role as the ferocious, fearless leader and the rest of the band acting as her dutiful, capable soldiers."
[The Modern Age]
By 10:05, The Dead Weather were on stage and playing. Before the two-song encore that would end their hour-or-so (12 songs total?) headlining set, Jack White came out from the drums (his main instrument in this band) and played a song (as everyone hoped he would) on guitar. He also sang a bunch, mostly while playing drums.
More pictures from the show, and some videos, below...
"Alison Mosshart is quite the engaging lead singer. She smoked numerous cigarettes on stage and played an awesome Bo Diddley-esque box guitar. Jack White had about 4 tom toms and an awesome drum set, and even though he was set back a ways, was pretty much the centerpiece of the stage. Played the drums with as much gusto as he does on the guitar." [Ben]First song w/ intro music
The Dead Weather @ Bowery Ballroom 4/14/09 from Kibbe on Vimeo.
he Dead Weather is an American alternative rock supergroup that formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Comprising vocalist Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), guitarist Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age), bassist Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes) and drummer Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), the band is due to release their debut album Horehound on June 9, 2009. The Dead Weather was revealed at the opening of Third Man Records' new headquarters in Nashville on March 11, 2009. The band performed for the first time at the event, before immediately releasing their debut single "Hang You from the Heavens".The Dead Weather's next announced show is at the Outside Lands Festival.
Bowery Ballroom setlist? (via)
60 Ft Tall
Treat Me Like Your Mother
So Far From Your Weapon
I Cut Like A Buffalo
You Just Can't Win
Will There Be Enough Water?
Hang You From The Heavens