Weeks after announcing his tour included a stop in Chattanooga, Jack White wowed a sell out crowd of 1,500 at Track 29 with a 90-minute set of past hits and new, untried material.
According to venue owner Adam Kinsey, fans began lining up for the show at 6 a.m. By the time the doors opened at 8 p.m., the line stretched hundreds long into the Chattanooga Choo Choo property.
After an opening set by New York City-based gothic grunge trio Hell Beach at 9, White took the stage at 10 to a thunderous wave of applause and whistling. He kicked the first of two sets with a rendition of "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" by The White Stripes, the Grammy Award winning grunge blues duo he founded in Detroit in 1997.
The rest of the night featured material drawn from White's numerous projects, including The Dead Weather ("I Cut Like a Buffalo") and The Raconteurs ("Top Yourself").
White also performed "Sixteen Saltines" and "Love Interruption," the b-side and lead single from his debut solo album "Blunderbuss," which is set to release April 24.
White was accompanied on stage by an all-female backing band, similar to when he performed on the March 3 edition of "Saturday Night Live."
After taking a short break following a riotously well-received rendition of The White Stripes' anthemic hit "Seven Nation Army," the band returned to the stage after a lingering roar of approval from the packed house to perform a second, shorter second set. Similarly to how he concluded a private show in Nashville Thursday to kick off the tour, White ended the evening with a cover of legendary Louisiana blues man Lead Belly's "Goodnight, Irene."
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