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Jack White’s The Dead Weather Play Tabernacle

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The Dead Weather, Jack White’s new project, played the Tabernacle Friday night, October 2, with Imaad Wasif opening.

(From Wiki): The Dead Weather is an American alternative rock supergroup formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. Comprised of Alison Mosshart (of The Kills and Discount), Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes). The Dead Weather debuted at the opening of Third Man Records’ Nashville headquarters on March 11, 2009. The band performed live for the first time at the event, immediately before releasing their debut single “Hang You from the Heavens”.

In January 2009, Mosshart, Fertita, Lawrence, and White got together for an impromptu jam at White’s Third Man studio. The session was followed by two-and-a-half weeks of song writing and recording, during which the Dead Weather formed. Said White: “Things just started to happen. We didn’t have a direction. We just went a song a day, two songs a day, whatever we could do and recorded them on the fly… There was no time to think about what it was. It just was.”

Horehound is The Dead Weather’s debut album. It was released on July 14th 2009 in North America, and July 13th in Europe. It entered the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Charts at #6 and the UK Album Charts at #14. Three tracks from Horehound (”No Hassle Night”, “Hang You From the Heavens”, and “Treat Me Like Your Mother”) were made available as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series on the same day as the North American release.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF JACK WHITE AND THIS NEW BAND? (Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)

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17 comments Add your comment

Becca

October 4th, 2009
8:09 am

This concert was AMAZING!!! We were right at the stage, and loved every single moment of the concert. Great hard, grungy, bluesy, soulful, sexy, dangerous tinged ROCK n ROLL!!! Jack White is a genius.

Dee

October 4th, 2009
8:11 am

Ummm…that was a review? Did anyone from AJC actually attend the show? Maybe they were stricken speechless? OK, well – I’ve been to three live shows by The Dead Weather so far, and each time it was fantastic; utterly awesome, mind-blowing noise and fury and magic – dark, smoky, swampy, stunning electric blues and rock and hiss and howling, and pretty much every other sound you can imagine being made by an army of bats out of hell, suddenly let loose on the world, with the power to terrify and enchant everything in their path. Really. Maybe you should have been there.

Mary

October 4th, 2009
9:30 am

Enter your comments here
Dee—-the pictures are the proof you need someone was there!
This reviewer left it up to you to put the magic to the adjectives!

Dee

October 4th, 2009
10:33 am

Mary: That’s a good point, they must have had a photographer there, at least. Those pictures are really great, too. (But it would be nice to see some shots of Little Jack Lawrence, the bass player, too.) But the story is not there much. Maybe some others who attended will write in and fill in some details on this show.

I heard something about it being their one-year “anniversary” show — but that means one year from when they first started coming up with songs together, after The Raconteurs show last year at this same venue. Nobody else even knew about The Dead Weather until April, I think; when they played their very first show at the grand opening of Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville. They’ve been getting rave reviews ever since. Anyway, I thought maybe they might have said something about this being their “one-year” show, or maybe played some special songs for the occasion.

Robb Cohen

October 4th, 2009
11:18 am

Hi Dee…I am the AJC photographer and blogger from Friday’s show. Unfortunately, as you saw at the Tabernacle, the lights were pretty dark with lots of strobes for the first three songs, not a good recipe for great photography (photogs were only allowed to shoot the first 3 songs). I enjoyed the band and have always thought Jack White to be extremely talented and creative in his evolution as an artist and producer. I just wanted to get the fans involved in posting their comments here…this is why I just included some general information along with the 15 photos from the show. Thanks for commenting!

Ann

October 4th, 2009
1:02 pm

Robb, I was at the show and I agree with Dee, your pics look great. The dark lighting, strobes and haze are an important part of the overall experience and you captured it all.

Dee

October 4th, 2009
2:41 pm

Hi Robb – Thanks for explaining. I do love the photos, and I can understand that’s your main role as a photographer. I didn’t realize there was not also a writer there separately. (Well, actually, that’s what I was wondering about.) If I had looked closer, I would have realized that it’s essentially a photoessay, since the photo credits match the byline on the story. As a photoessay, it’s quite a good one. Having been to a few of The Dead Weather shows, I can well imagine what a challenge it is to capture such good photos, especially considering (as Ann alluded to) the sudden, dramatic and unpredictable changes in lighting.

Mary

October 4th, 2009
9:11 pm

Enter your comments here
Hey Robb
I surely hope you draw the lucky number for photographing
Leonard Cohen on Oct 25th at the Fox!!
I think I may have to break over and buy a ticket if I do not get
to see your wonderful work! : )

K

October 5th, 2009
1:07 am

This show was simply amazing. I will always remember it. The lighting added a lot to the show but must have been difficult to photograph. So nice work to the photographer. The pics are great.

Davis

October 5th, 2009
9:51 am

Enjoyed the show immensely. Jack White’s guitar work on ‘Will there be enough water?’ was simply awesome. (The energy in the room made it feel like the roof would blow off.) Some of the best I have ever heard. Whatever form his next visit takes, i won’t miss it. WOW!

Lloyd Braun

October 5th, 2009
10:35 am

this was the sexiest show that i have ever been to.

it was like a hot orgy except without the fat old people.

Wes

October 6th, 2009
11:14 am

I was there and it was AMAZING!! Best show I’ve seen all year. So glad they played “Bone House.”

billy shears

October 6th, 2009
11:52 am

Well, it was like watching Peter Frampton play the bongos. I can’t think of any other example when a frontman has done something like this. That light show almost gave me a seizure up front! The album works better than the live show. The chick just doesn’t have much stage presence. I didn’t like the Kills when they opened for the Raconteurs last year at the Tabernacle. Imaad Wasif looked like an ex member of the Mars Volta and his music was eh. He played bass for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs one tour. When are the YYY’s coming back? Now that’s a frontwoman if I ever saw one.

billy shears

October 6th, 2009
11:53 am

oh yeah was kenny crucial there? he’s at all the happening shows, front and center.

Alecia

October 6th, 2009
3:40 pm

Hey Robb – nice to see you at the show. Fabulous photos as always. I always find the lighting at Tabernacle & Variety Playhouse difficult – consider myself lucky if I get a few good pics.
One of the best gigs I’ve ever seen – sexy, gritty, nasty, rock & roll. Alison’s energy was electric. Much prefer her with DW instead of The Kills.
And yes Dee, Jack did say it was their one year anniversary & he taped the crowd for something…

Aaron Brown

October 11th, 2009
1:13 am

In response to someone not knowing about it being their ‘one-year anniversary’. The Racs show last year was on the first I believe, and right after the show Alison (then only being in the Kills) and Jack and others from the Racs were getting drunk and talking about forming a new band and decided to drive up to Nashville and start recording some stuff and that led over into the next day. So, that marks the anniversary of the band coming together and deciding to make music, not necessarily their first show.

I was at this show and it was amazing. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say not as good as the one at the War Memorial in Nashville, but still an absolutely amazing show. Glad I got to hear Jawbreaker this time around. I love this band.

janice

November 5th, 2009
10:06 am

OMG OMG OMG! THATS ME WITH THE POSTER!!!!