photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
It was 2001 all over again at Governors Ball this weekend as Jack White played White Stripes songs on Saturday, the same day The Strokes co-headlined and one day before Interpol played. Another set of pictures and the setlist from Jack's performance are in this post.
Meanwhile, Newport Folk Festival is already sold out, but the July Rhode Island fest announced today that they've added Jack White to the 2014 lineup! Newport's Jay Sweet writes:
When George Wein asked me to come aboard I immediately compiled my list of every artist that for some reason or another has not played Newport Folk but should. It's always a pleasure to cross off a name, especially as there are so few left on the original list. In fact the elusive handful remaining have become known around the office as the "White Whales".We also just caught Jack, whose new album Lazaretto is out this week, at Free Press Summer Fest.
During that same first meeting, George also asked me what we could do to help bring the blues back to Newport in a meaningful and explosive way, something that would tie Newport's history with Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Skip James and of course Son House to the present. I circled a name atop the list and answered, "Jack White".
It was an easy answer as I had just seen the great film "It Might Get Loud" in which Mr. White sits alone listening to a Son House record.
Listening to the haunting "Grinnin' In Your Face", Mr. White muses, "By the time I was about 18 somebody played me Son House, that was it for me. This spoke to me in 1,000 different ways. I didn't know that you could do that just singing and clapping and it meant everything, it meant everything about rock and roll, everything about expression, creativity and art. One man against the world, and one song. That's my favorite song, still is too. I heard everything disappearing, it didn't matter that he was clapping off time, it didn't matter that there was no instruments being played, all that mattered was the attitude of the song."
I knew right then he was the answer and he had to come to Newport Folk.
It's only taken six years, but it is my distinct pleasure to cross another "White Whale" off our list. In 1967 at Newport, Son House brought his version of the B-L-U-S-E; now 47 years later, we can't wait to bring some explosive blues back to the festival. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Jack White.
- JAY SWEET
Producer, Newport Folk Festival
More tour dates, pictures and the setlist from Randall's Island, and the new video for the new album's title track, below...
Jack White - "LAZARETTO"
Jack White -- Governors Ball 2014 setlist
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes song)
High Ball Stepper
Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes song)
Cannon (The White Stripes song)
Top Yourself (The Raconteurs song)
The Rose With the Broken Neck
We're Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes song)
Weep Themselves to Sleep
Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs song)
Icky Thump (The White Stripes song)
The Hardest Button to Button (The White Stripes song)
Freedom at 21
Just One Drink
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)
Jack White -- 2014 Tour Dates
6/10/14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre ^ (SOLD OUT)
6/11/14 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mayan ^ (SOLD OUT)
6/12/14 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater ^ (SOLD OUT)
06/14/14 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/25-29/14 - Somerset, UK - Glastonbury Festival
06/26/14 - Dublin, Ireland - Royal Hospital Kilmainham #
06/29/14 - Paris, France - L'Olympia (SOLD OUT)
06/30/14 - Paris, France - L'Olympia (SOLD OUT)
07/01/14 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
07/03/14 - London, England - Eventim Apollo (SOLD OUT)
07/04/14 - Gdynia, Poland - Open'er Festival
07/19/14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival
07/20/14 - St. Louis, MO - Fox Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/21/14 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom + (SOLD OUT)
07/23/14 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/24/14 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/25-07/26 Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival (SOLD OUT)
07/27/14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE Outdoors + (SOLD OUT)
07/28/14 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/30/14 - Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre + (SOLD OUT)
07/31/14 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre +
08/01-03/14 - Montreal, QC - Osheaga Music Festival
08/29-31/14 - Edmonton, AB - Sonic Boom
08/30-31/14 - Calgary, AB - X-Fest
10/11-12/14 - Mexico City, MX - Corona Capital Festival
* with Kelley Stoltz
+ with Benjamin Booker
# with The Kills
^ with Cold War Kids