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Jack White rushed the stage of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, plugged in his blue Stratocaster, and started his set of high-speed blues, country, folk, and rock ’n’ roll.

The opener, “Sixteen Saltines” from his newly released Blunderbuss album, was loud, dirty, cutting, and frantic. It was a fly-by-the-edge-of-your-seat performance that had his band, Los Buzzardos, creating raw, edgy, imperfect rock and roll.

The band swaggered through the White Stripes’ country-flavored “Hotel Yorba” and then charged through a number of other Stripes’ songs, including “We Are Going to Be Friends,” a half piano, half guitar version of “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” and “The Hardest Button to Button.”

White closed with the Raconteurs’ 2006 hit “Steady as She Goes,” and a crowd sing-along of the 1933 Lead Belly song “Goodnight Irene.”

It’s fitting that White ended the show playing a song that is nearly 80 years old, in a building that is over 85 years old, and sent 6000-plus people home singing “Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams.”

  • Concert: Jack White
  • Date: August 10
  • Venue: Shrine Auditorium
  • Seats: General admission pit
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Jane Belanger Aug. 22, 2012 @ 7:40 p.m.

I distinctly remember Jack saying he would never play White Stripes songs without Meg when they announced their breakup. Change of heart?

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Johnny Caito Aug. 25, 2012 @ 11:47 a.m.

Hi Jane. I don't recall Jack White making any comments like this. I think what he said was that he would never play with the White Stripes again, but as far as not playing any of their songs? Not sure. Either way...I'm glad he does because those are his songs and they rock!

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