The Dead Weather Alive and Well, Revived by Jack White

The Dead Weather Alive and Well, Revived by Jack White

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The Dead Weather is alive and well! The band was spotted on Wednesday night in Detroit at the city’s Masonic Temple Auditorium when Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita hopped on stage with Jack White and his band to play “I Cut Like A Buffalo,” from the group’s 2009 debut album “Horehound.” White shouted, “Look who’s in the house!” when the song ended, but unfortunately for fans, Mosshart and Fertita did not stay long, even though White played the Dead Weather song “Blue Blood Blues” during the show’s encore.

White and his band played almost three dozen songs during Wednesday’s two-hour, 45-minute concert.  White Stripes originals such as “Screwdriver,” “Apple Blossom,” “Sugar Never Tasted So Good,” “I Fought Pirhanas” and an extended “Ball and Biscuit” with the Muddy Waters staple “Got My Mojo Working” and a rare slice of Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song” were included. He also vamped into Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut” at the end of his own “Sixteen Candles,” possibly referring to his surprise guest appearance at Beck’s Rhode Island show this past Saturday.

The Dead Weather, which also includes bassist Jack Lawrence, hasn’t been up to much since their 2010 tour for “Sea of Cowards,” but contrary to rumours, the band is still active. Through the Third Man Records Vault subscription series, they plan to release several two-song singles, including “Open Up (That’s Enough)” and “Rough Detective.” According to Billboard, White has said series songs will be compiled into the Dead Weather’s third album, due in 2015.

Wednesday night’s show marked the end of White’s three-day-stint back to his hometown of Detroit, during which he played a show at the Fox Theater on Monday, and threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers’ game on Tuesday. Fans can read about his surprise guest appearance during Beck’s show on FDRMX’s Encyclopedia of Music here, as well a review of “Lazaretto,” the album White is currently touring in support of, here. Next he is due in Toronto, at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday, continuing his North American tour until late September and then moving on to Belgium and the U.K. for shows in November.