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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.

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SEURAT2 Sept. 3, 2009 @ 6:06 p.m.

I just went and registered for your site strictly so i could say how strongly I disagree with your opinion of this band and of Alison Mosshart in particular. You are entitled to your opinion but for the record my own evaluation based on more than thirty years of seeing bands is that she is the real deal and the band has great potential. Too bad you can't see that.


novymiri Sept. 3, 2009 @ 6:53 p.m.

You're wrong. You weren't even there, were you? The photo isn't from that night, she didn't stand on any amps, she didn't climb the metal beams, and her boots are not high-heeled.

And Alison Mosshart is no cliche. The band rocked.


Josh Board Sept. 3, 2009 @ 9:27 p.m.

I'm not positive, but I don't think the photos used in these pieces are from the concerts. And I don't think they say they are. At least the photo of No Doubt, sure looked like a publicity shot and hardly a "concert photo" from when they just came to town.

The only part of Dead Weather I saw was near the end, when Jack White had a long guitar solo. It was sweet. Although, I think most will have more fun watching him in the latest movie "It Might Get Loud." What an interesting documentary, that featured more of White than I expected.

The Dead Weather CD was disappointing. I'm guessing live they're just slightly more interesting (as live music, especially anything with White involved, gives ya more of a kick in the pants).


The_Comedian Sept. 4, 2009 @ 12:48 p.m.

novymiri - I was indeed there, and she did climb. Now, maybe you're thinking I meant she climbed way up to the top which you're right in stating she didn't. She just grabbed on and climbed up a few "steps" on a side metal column (specifically the one on stage right). I was curious at that point if anybody in production was worried how high she'd go. Her boots, well they look heeled to me. I'm not talking stilettos here, it's all going to be okay. SEURAT2 - That's cool you totally dig them, that's what music is all about. I'm not saying they're not a talented bunch, just saying how the night went for me. Josh - I'll say this, their performance was 20 times better then the CD.


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