Icky Thump, Mississippi Style

1 Aug

There’s a reason Rolling Stone named the White Stripes as the No. 1 Best Live Band Playing Right Now.

Of course, Rolling Stone doesn’t always get it right, but I’d say they’re pretty dead-on with this one. The White Stripes performed last night in Southaven at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater, and it was really an amazing show. It was mind-blowing to hear the huge sound just two musicians could create. I really think they rocked – in the full sense of the word – Southaven and everyone there.

They performed a lot of favorites, like “Hotel Yorba,” “Ball and Biscuit,” “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and “Icky Thump.”

Highlights:
–Meg’s performance of “In the Cold, Cold Night.”
–Jack’s solo performance of “300 M.P.H. Torrential Outpour Blues,” the first song of the encore.
–Actually, just about any song they performed off “Icky Thump,” like “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)” and “I’m Slowly Turning Into You.” Those were really good.
–The amazingly kick-butt “Blue Orchid,” during which they turned red and white lights on a huge disco ball.
— The stage itself. It was completely red, with stairs going up to like a second level. During the encore, Jack got up to the second level and with each step, the floor lit up and smoke came out of it (kinda like Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” video, only with smoke).

If you ever get the chance to see the White Stripes, go. This is one of those life-changing shows, the kind that make most other bands look pretty pathetic.

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