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First take: The Dead Weather at 9:30 Club

the dead weatherJack White was in the background but still the main attraction at 9:30 Club. (Evy Mages/FTWP)

By Chris Richards

Of course it started with a drum fill -- a demonstrative rumble that rivaled the thunderclaps that peeled across Washington skies earlier that evening. It sounded like thunkity-thunkity-thwack, but it screamed, "Look at me, look at me, look at me!"

That's because the drummer was Jack White, the eccentric White Stripes frontman, moonlighting behind the drums in his auxiliary group, the Dead Weather.

The foursome kicked off its summer tour at the 9:30 Club in righteous form Tuesday, but with White rarely ceding the spotlight to his band mates: guitarist/keyboardist Dean Fertita, bassist Jack Lawrence and frontwoman Alison Mosshart.

Give a peacock some drum sticks, and you still have a peacock. Good thing this peacock knows how to make such intoxicating rock-n-roll.

Were you at the show? Share your thoughts in the comments below and check Click Track at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday for the full review.

By Chris Richards  |  July 13, 2010; 11:50 PM ET
Categories:  First take  | Tags: Dead Weather, Jack White  
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Comments

What a powerfully moving raw energy rock and roll show that was. I'd pay to see it again tomorrow. There's no gimmicks here, there's no cutesy niche that that they over aggressively try to peg themselves into. The Dead Weather, led by this generation's rock and roll ombudsman Jack White, are simply a foursome of legitimate-grade A-born-to-do-this rock performers. Here's hoping that, unlike the Stripes and Racounteurs who both kept the party going past the prime, this project of Mr.White's doesn't dissolve soon. Anyone who saw what I saw tonight would tell you that they've got something too special to just crank out two albums and a couple tours with.

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Posted by: renajoseph | July 14, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

So this is a review? First take? What take?

The WaPo continues its downhill slide in every area.

Posted by: tojo45 | July 14, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Richards must have been at a different Dead Weather show at the 9:30. I was at the one that began with a short set by Harlem, with Dead Weather coming on at 9:30. Not my favorite band, not my favorite show, but they rocked loud and hard for 90 minutes, and they played like a band - if anyone was the focus, if anyone stood out, I'd say it was the guitarist, but what came across more was the band-ness of the performance. The comments Mr. Richards made about Jack White are ludicrous.

But maybe he attended a different show.

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Posted by: nicelucci00 | July 14, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, Tojo. Jack White is one of the most prolific artists of our generation and im pretty sure all eyes were on him, or on the sexy, seductive, pissed-off and spastic Allison Mosshart. The union of these two makes for a phenomenal live show, and they brought sensational energy to the 9:30 Club last night...

Posted by: FHolladay | July 14, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I don't know, Tojo. Jack White is one of the most prolific artists of our generation and im pretty sure all eyes were on him, or on the sexy, seductive, pissed-off and spastic Allison Mosshart. The union of these two makes for a phenomenal live show and they brought sensational energy to the 9:30 Club last night.

Posted by: FHolladay | July 14, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

There was another problem: White's drums was the only part of the mix that could be heard distinctly. Compared to their show at the 930 last year, the sound last night was terrible. Sounded like White's drums were miked too loud, and everyone else was overdriven to an earsplitting, almost unrecognizable buzz going into the PA, just to be able to be heard. This is a really talented band, but the mix last night was about as bad as I have ever heard, and I've seen hundreds of bands at 930 dating back to the early '80s.

Yeah, it seemed like White was saying, "Look at me, I can play the drums real good, too."

Posted by: lunicaster | July 14, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

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