December 5, 2010 by Dan Swinhoe
Jack White steps up from behind the drum kit and finally picks up the guitar that’s been waiting for him. The crowd goes wild. Allison Mossheart picks up a guitar and starts to play, and the crowd is near enough silent. The Jack White show has rolled into town.
First band up are Creature with an atomic brain, and it’s far from the best start. Their plodding Grunge/ Alternative rock fails to inspire the crowd and the poor sound doesn’t help. They are interesting in places, but never exciting.
As soon as The Dead Weather walks on stage they announce their presence with a double barrel hit of a new song and album opener 60ft Tall. Straight away there’s a big difference; the song without Jack White singing just isn’t as exciting. And that’s the theme for the night.
It’s not that Allison Mossheart is a bad front woman. Far from it, she’s very good. She sexily struts across the stage with confidence and sings her heart out.But the White Stripes lead man has something more. That X- factor Simon Cowell is always looking for and sets him apart from the rest of the music scene. And when he steps out to take the lead role the place lights up and the crowd step up a gear.
But overall the night is a winner, the new songs stand up well against those from Horehound, the band clearly enjoying the show. And the encore of Treat me like your mother ends the night on a high.