When Jack White played Street Scene in 2006, it was in the un-rock 'n' roll setting of Qualcomm Stadium's parking lot. His Detroit duo White Stripes started 45 minutes late. Jack looked pissed and Meg looked nervous, but it was an unforgettable show.
White returned this year to Street Scene's decidedly hipper downtown environs with his latest side-project the Dead Weather. On time, but with poor results. White returns to his roots as the Weather's drummer, and the female front is rock cliché in heels Alison Mosshart of the Kills. She stood on amps and lit cigarettes, affecting cool but achieving biker chick. Mosshart slid down the mic stand seductively and tried climbing the metal beams near the stage as if she was Iggy Pop.
Dead Weather kicked the set off with "60 Feet Tall," the first track from Third Man debut Horehound. The standout song of the night was "Hang You From the Heavens," although the crowd responded most to "Will There Be Enough Water?" as White shares the vocals on that one. And then, giving the people what they were waiting for, White strapped on an axe and sang a tune on his own with fellow Raconteur Jack Lawrence behind the drums.