Jack White’s Bonnaroo performance was one for the history books

Jack White // Photo by David Hall

    Photo by David Hall

    Jack White capped off Bonnaroo’s third day in rousing fashion, delivering arguably one of the best headlining performances in the festival’s 13-year history.

    White took the stage at 10:45pm and proceeded to play a 26-song, two-and-a-half hour set (some 45 minutes longer than their originally scheduled set time). The setlist was comprised of material from White’s entire career, including songs by The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, and his two solo albums. Among the highlights, “Icky Thump” serving as set opener; the first performance of “Astro” in over three years; a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song”; and “Seven Nation Army”, during which the entire field of 70,000+ sang along.

    In between songs, White proved quite chatty. He began by taking a jab at Rolling Stone magazine, seemingly in response to his controversial cover story. “Who makes music happen? Does a tabloid like Rolling Stone make music happen?” he exclaimed. “You and I make it exist!”


    (Read: Jack White’s Top 10 Songs Not Named “Seven Nation Army”)

    Later, White dedicated songs to Detroit auto workers, 1930s blues musicians, and touring musicians. He also gave a shout out to Arctic Monkeys, who he shared a plane with from Los Angeles to Nashville, and Nick Cave, who he invited out for a drink the night before.

    Below, watch video of the crowd chanting along to “Seven Nation Army” and check out the full setlist.

    Icky Thump (The White Stripes)
    High Ball Stepper (Solo)
    Lazaretto (Solo)
    Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes)
    Temporary Ground (Solo)
    Missing Pieces (Solo)
    Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs)
    Top Yourself (The Raconteurs)
    I’m Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes)
    Freedom at 21 (Solo)
    Three Women (Solo)
    You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) (The White Stripes)
    We’re Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes)
    Alone in My Home (Solo)
    Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes)
    The Lemon Song (Led Zeppelin cover)


    The Hardest Button to Button (The White Stripes)
    Hello Operator (The White Stripes)
    Misirlou (Dick Dale and His Del-Tones cover)
    Sixteen Saltines (Solo)
    Cannon (The White Stripes)
    Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather)
    Astro (The White Stripes)
    Love Interruption (Solo)
    Little Bird (The White Stripes)
    Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)


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