The Dead Weather Surprise KIN Spot Concert in Chicago [Concert Review, Exclusive Video]

by Woody on May 26, 2010

Photo Courtesy of Justin Ullman

Photo Courtesy of Justin Ullman

Standing right in front of a speaker tower twice my size I struggled to convert my cocktail napkin into earplugs. I’d left my protective ear wear at home assuming that Nashville supergroup, The Dead Weather, would be playing a venue 5 times the size of the one I was standing in. Not on this night.

Last Saturday, 500 lucky fans were treated to an intimate one-off surprise show as part of the KIN Spot Tour promoting the launch of Microsoft’s newest handheld supercomputer/social networking phone the KIN. Details of the shows secret location were divulged to the Chicago social networking savvy via Facebook and Twitter 4 hours prior to the show. Within minutes of the announcement 1,000+ rabid fans stormed the West Loop to secure a spot in a line that stretched for as far as they eye could see from a dingy alley outside of the Marquardt Trucking Company. Those who made the cut were rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

With that Jack White guy on drums, singer Alison Mosshart (The Kills), guitarist Dean Fertira (Queens of the Stoneage), and bassist Jack Lawrence (The Ranconteurs), The Dead Weather took to the makeshift stage that would house their brand of gloomy gothic blues rock for the next 75 minutes. Saying nothing, they answered the feverish screams of fans with the signature bluesy riff that begins “60 Feet Tall” from their 2009 debut Horehound.

Exclusive: The Dead Weather – 60 Feet Tall (also on YouTube)

Mr. White pounded away on the skins from the back proving that there’s not an instrument he can’t play the hell out of. Lawrence and Fertira pierced the air with their dirty driving whiskey soaked riffs. But, the real show stopper for me was Mosshart. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Dressed in leopard print, she looked like an animal ready to pounce on the crowd at any moment. Climbing atop the monitors, she wailed into the mic and started down the crowd with an intensity that I swear bumped the temperature up another 10 degrees in an already steamy room.

They filled the first half of the set with tracks from Horehound, including the electric “Cut Like a Buffalo.” As they tore into songs from their new album, Sea of Cowards, I couldn’t help but think that the album title was paid anti-homage to the many talentless wannabe “rock n’ roll” acts that sell out arenas and disgrace the airwaves these days (I’m looking at you, Daughtry).

Jack took a moment to introduce the band starting off with a crowd pleasing, “I’m Jack White, and I used to be from the Midwest,” in reference to his Detroit roots. For being a supergroup there appeared to be no egos at play. The quartet showed off their superior musicianship by switching instruments, giving each member a chance to shine. During “Will There Be Enough Water,” White made his way to the front and shared a mic with Mosshart pulling off a stripped down and intimate duet before ripping into an all instrumental firestorm that brought the house down.

The band followed up with a 3 song encore that left all 500 fans dazed, sweaty, and satisfied. Stumbling for the exits, my buddy and I traded stories from the show and recapped our highlights. I couldn’t hear a damn word he said because my ears had been ravaged by Jack White’s army of sound. But, if I read his lips correctly, I think he said something like “that f*****g rocked.”

Exclusive: The Dead Weather – Hang You From The Heavens (also on YouTube)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody May 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I hate you.

Cooper May 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Thanks for the quality vids.

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JS May 27, 2010 at 8:53 am

I was there, fckin great.

oz May 27, 2010 at 9:49 am

Woody, I’m sure your baby shower (or whatever event you attended) was almost as cool.

Today’s KIN event is Big Boi in Atlanta. Hopefully I can get some decent footage.

Ben Sommer June 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm

The Dead Weather is a great band and Jack White is just awesome.

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