Jack White Muscles Through a Downpour at Red Rocks

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Photo by David James Swanson. Many more (incredible) shots here.
About twenty minutes before Jack White took the stage at Red Rocks, a hard rain started falling and lightning flashed to the east. Fog machines on the stage were fired up and the wind was blowing the haze, tinted hues of blue from the stage lights, around. For a moment it looked the Do Lung Bridge scene in Apocalypse Now. But instead of Randy Hansen's Hendrixian guitar work as the score, Pete Rock's "I Got a Love" was pumping on Red Rocks house system. Hell, the whole scene seemed a bit surreal, and the show hadn't even started yet.

See also: Jack White at Red Rocks in 2012

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Photo by David James Swanson
Meanwhile, there was this gal Ashley, who'd flow up from Dallas for the show, and she was looking for her friends. She had a Third Man logo tattoo on her forearm and she'd seen White six times, including at the Tulsa gig last May.

She had tickets to the see the White Stripes but the show got cancelled when the duo split up. She digs White's brand new haircut (short on the sides and back), and says it reminds her of a younger White, or "Baby Jack."

Before White took the stage, one of his roadies, decked out in a suit and a fedora, stepped out on the wet stage, got on the microphone and told the capacity audience to fight the urge to take photos and post them to social media.

"I can guarantee you that whatever photo you try to take of the show, or video of the show, or the beautiful rocks, they're not going to be nearly as good as with what you can see with your real eyes," he says. "I don't know about but I hate when 10,000 people are holding their phones up. All we ask is that for two hours you leave it in your purse or pocket."

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Photo by David James Swanson

For the most part, it seemed like the crowd heeded the advice, living in moment, relying only on their eyes and brains to document the show. But no smart phone, especially with rain on the lens, could have even come close to fully capturing the epic potency of White's Wednesday night show. At one point, even White said, "If I was twenty years old I wouldn't forget this show" before launching into "Three Women."

While the rain, thunder and lightning during the first half of the show clearly added a visceral element to the two-hour show, White himself seemed to fully embrace it all, powering through songs like a madman, whether from his most recent effort, Lazaretto, a few cuts from Blunderbuss, and eight White Stripes songs as well as two Raconteurs tunes.

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO

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18 comments
Lisa Goodman
Lisa Goodman

You see Barry Manillow, not everybody chicken out and cancel their show because of a little rain...Some artists actually respect and appreciate their fans.

Rj Fath
Rj Fath

wow,looks like the majority of his set was white stripes songs

Katy Everitt
Katy Everitt

Jodi Maleene Taylor,of course he did. The man can't stop.

Adrian Desjardins
Adrian Desjardins

Jack and company absolutely killed it! Such a class act to put on an amazing performance in that deluge. The lightning added an especially memorable touch

Judy Witt
Judy Witt

It was simply fantastic - the best concert i've witnessed thus far!

DeadWeather Denver
DeadWeather Denver

The rain made the show! Posted my own perspective- Deadweatherdenver.blogspot.com

Eric Dahm
Eric Dahm

This show goes in a spot of experiences that I have never witnessed before. The rain ragged and so did Jack White... spectacular!!

Frank Jelnicky
Frank Jelnicky

Jack White Rocked that rain good! Awesome performance!

Cy Davis
Cy Davis

Excellent review for an epic show! The lightning, rain and blue lights made the scene surreal. The narrative with the photos captured it nicely.

Katty Anne
Katty Anne

Ryan Patrick Birmingham Gibbons V

Melissa Taylor
Melissa Taylor

I've hated him since he had people kicked out of Red Rocks for taking pictures of the band. What a clown.

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