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The Dead Weather, Kägelbanan, Stockholm, 2009-11-07


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It’s hard to believe how many good concerts there’s been this year, and The Dead Weather was yet another one. It was originally scheduled to take place at Cirkus at midnight, but was moved to Kägelbanan, due to a “scheduling conflict”. I’d say due to lack of ticket sales. But that was all fine with me, because Kägelbanan is a really intimate venue that takes no more than 500 guests.

I stood in the second row, on Jack Lawrence’s side, and had a great view of the stage. The band took the stage to Sure ‘Nuff ‘N Yes, I Do by Captain Beefheart. First song was Horehound opening track 60 Feet Tall. Nice touch to open with a slow blues that gradually builds to a frenzy. This was followed by Hang You From The Heavens, and now the crowd went nuts! From this moment on I was crushed against the people in the front row for the rest of the concert. But I didn’t care, it was just so great to see this band live for the first time, and particularly to see one of my absolute favorite musicians, Jack White. Speaking of Mr. White, for the third song, it was time for Jack to take center stage. Backed by a drum machine they did You Just Can’t Win, a b-side from the Treat Me Like Your Mother single. The drum machine was used a lot when it was time for Jack to sing, and I thought it was a really great solution. Judging from the sound it must have been a vintage type of drum machine, fitting for Jack’s appreciation of old style recording methods and vintage instruments. Every time they were going to use it Jack would turn away from the drums and fiddle with the drum machine for a while before it would start up! Much credit to The Dead Weather for not using any pre-recorded tracks which could have easily been done instead.

Alison Mosshart, rail-thin and wailing away, was a great lead singer. She was very intense, and you could tell that she got completely lost in the music. For the fourth song, which was the Mosshart penned So Far From Your Weapon, she donned her square white Gretsch guitar. …Weapon, which is one of my favorite songs off of Horehound sounded great in the slowed down version that they do live.

For A Child of a Few Hours Is Burning To Death one of the band’s roadies took over the skins for a while as Jack joined Alison on vocals. When done singing, Jack went back to the drums and continued the song. It is worth mentioning that just as when Jack White plays with The White Stripes, the roadies all wear suits and hats!

For main set closer, Will There Be Enough Water?, Jack White took center stage once again and shared lead vocals with Alison. Jack Lawrence took over the skins, and Dean Fertita played a mellow Fender Rhodes-esque piano. White did a great guitar solo and got so into it that he knocked over one of Dean’s guitars! The stage hands rushed out quickly to pick it up. Towards the end of the song, Jack and Alison kept singing “Just because you caught me, does that make it a sin?” far away from the microphone, their powerful voices carrying over the venue without amplification, at least for us in the front. It was a magical moment! Dean kept rocking the keyboard stand back and forth in beat with the music.

The encore featured what may have been the coolest guitar solo I’ve ever heard live. Accompanied by the drum machine once again, they played the new song I Can’t Hear You with Jack on guitar. The solo was just amazing. Jack was using his Whammy pedal to alternately raise and lower the pitch of the notes during the solo. He is truly the master and inventor of this technique, but I’ve never heard him go back and forth in pitch so much before. With The White Stripes he usually just raises the pitch an octave and leaves it there, but this was something completely different.

The last song of the night was Treat Me Like Your Mother, and the entire audience was jumping up and down. It was just so much fun, and I couldn’t stop smiling. As the band was thanking the audience I locked eyes with Jack and gave him a thumbs up. After the concert I had to go buy a Dead Weather shirt, mainly to have something to change in to, since my t-shirt got completely soaked during the concert!

We hung out in the bar having some beers after the show, and then we actually went outside and met the band as they were leaving. Jack and Alison both signed CD covers that I had brought, and they were both very nice. Jack said “I see we have a lot of Americans here”, commenting on the fact that three out of the six fans there were from the States. I told Alison that I really enjoyed the show and she said thank you and seemed genuinely happy to hear it. The only bummer was that neither one wanted to pose for a quick picture. But that’s alright, it was still one of the best concerts of the year, and I finally got to meet Jack White, briefly.

Setlist: (I’m not sure about the songs in parenthesis)

Start: 20:35

01. 60 Feet Tall
02. Hang You From The Heavens
03. You Just Can’t Win
04. So Far From Your Weapon
05. Bone House
06. (No Horse)
07. A Child of a Few Hours Is Burning To Death
08. Rocking Horse
09. No Hassle Night / I Just Want To Make Love To You – Snippet (Muddy Waters cover)
10. Jawbreaker
11. New Pony
12. Will There Be Enough Water?

13. I Cut Like a Buffalo
14. I Can’t Hear You
15. Treat Me Like Your Mother

End: 21:55

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The following pictures were taken by majstoffe. Check out his great videos on YouTube!


Swedish newspaper reviews:
SvD | DN | Aftonbladet

3 Responses to “The Dead Weather, Kägelbanan, Stockholm, 2009-11-07”

  1. Irma says:

    Excellent recount of the night!!! Funny, I don’t really remember the hair pulling and kidney punching I went through that night anymore. Just the music and performance stand out in my head. It was like you said – intense. It was incredible! I’d never seen Alison perform live before (besides a few YouTube clips) and she’s amazing to watch. And hearing Jack White sing – gives me chills!

    And meeting Jack and Alison was KICKASS!!!!!!

  2. HeatherJ says:

    It sounds like a great concert and that’s so cool that you got to meet them after the show!

  3. Creation says:

    trevligt, tackar!

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