Jack White’s ‘Supply Chain Issues Tour’ stops in Pittsburgh without running out of food

A week ago (Friday), Jack White released a new album, played the national anthem ahead of the Detroit Tigers home opener, kicked off his ‘Supply Chain Issues Tour’, with a show at the theater Masonic Temple of Motor City, proposed to his singer/girlfriend Olivia Jean onstage during the show, then married her during the encore.

How was White going to top that in Pittsburgh?

Arriving at the Petersen Events Center on the University of Pittsburgh campus in Oakland on Thursday night, White passed quite close.

Six dates into his tour, White burst onto the stage looking ready to smash a backboard at the home of the Pitt Panthers basketball teams.

Looking no worse after his busy week, with his blue hair thick on top and tight on the sides, White launched into the show with the first three songs from his new record, “Fear of the Dawn.”

He kicked off “Taking Me Back,” a meaty opener with searing licks of his blue and white guitar and a driving beat that immediately had the crowd spellbound.

He followed the opening track with the title track “Fear of the Dawn,” a fiery number that screams for attention, and “The White Raven.”

At this time, the train roared out of the station. White’s gig resembled the subway cars in the famous chase scene from “The French Connection,” that is, it didn’t stop – one song powerfully flowing into the next.

Dressed in a tight black shirt with white pinstripes, black pants and boots, White made it clear early on that he was in control of the action, with a quarterback glancing here and nodding there to his bandmates, assessing the defense and perhaps calling an audible to the line.

There was no time to chat with the audience, no downtime between songs, no wardrobe changes, and nothing cute during the evening. White was determined to keep the energy going.

After the top three new songs, White’s train took an unpredictable turn to The White Stripes’ “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and the crowd followed him as he crushed that sweet old song, strutting and spinning with confidence.

“Alright Pittsburgh, are you with us now?” White asked in his first words to the crowd.

They were with him. How could they not be?

White and his band were an irresistible force, four guys following the Beatles model. A good rock band doesn’t need more than four guys, especially if it’s those four.

In a unique setup, drummer Daru Jones sat on the left side of the stage facing the audience. Wearing a sleek little black hat with a white stripe, Jones beat his kit relentlessly, even standing up at one point, while staying put, keeping the energy at the level White wanted.

Bassist Dominic Davis, who harmonizes well with Jones, remained largely in the background but was kept company by a large statue that looked like White, the only way to explain why she was there. And then there was keyboardist Quincy McCrary, who provided seamless harmony on songs like “Love Interruption” against the piano White occasionally played during the show.

White is almost as good a pianist as he is a guitarist, which became especially evident on songs like “What’s Done Is Done.”

But it’s clear the guitar is where White really takes command, conjuring up whatever sound or style he wants, with the crowd really eating up his Latin-flavored licks on the White Stripes song “I Think I Smell a Rat”.

It was just one of many White Stripes songs included in the set along with “Fell in Love With a Girl”, “Icky Thump” and “Black Math”, and White fans certainly didn’t seem to care. . Besides, no one seemed to care that White once again enforced his policy of requiring patrons to place their cell phones in locked bags during the show, which, while inconvenient, made the experience visually more pleasing.

And there were Raconteurs songs too, including of course, “Steady, as She Goes,” the last song before the encore and by far the best of the night, with that seductive bass line laid down by Davis from the familiar opening notes. .

The encore featured more White Stripes, including of course the grand finale – “Seven Nation Army” – with the standing crowd chanting “Oh oh oh oh oooooh oh”, just like fans do at just about every major sporting event. of the country nowadays.

At the end, White stood still in the front of the stage, enjoying his well-deserved standing ovation before greeting his group.

And so ended about two hours of great music and staging. It was impossible not to be impressed. Jack White has clearly joined the likes of Bruce Springsteen as one of the faces of American rock ‘n’ roll.

“Thank you Pittsburgh,” White said. “God bless you and I will see you very soon, I hope.”

set list

1. Take me back

2. Fear of Dawn

3. The White Crow

4. Dead leaves and dirty ground

5. Interruption of love

6. What’s done is done

7. Love is blind

8. Missing Pieces

9. Black math

10. I think I smell a rat

11. Ghost Highway

12. This Black Bat Licorice

13. Freedom at 21

14. You Don’t Understand Me

15. Love is selfish

16. Temporary Land

17. A martyr for my love for you

18. Cannon

19. I cut like a buffalo

20. Lazaretto

21. Fell in love with a girl

22. You are quite handsome (for a girl)

23. Steady as She Goes

Bis:

24. Freezing Blow

25. Sixteen Saltines

26. Seven Nations Army

Paul Guggenheimer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or pguggenheimer@triblive.com.

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