THE SETLIST. Please fill in the blanks: When I Hear My Name / Blue Orchid / Party of Special Things to Do (Cover Captain Beefheart) / Lovesick (Cover of Bob Dylan) / My Doorbell / Cannon / Little Room / Passive Manipulation (with Jack singing!) / Dead Leaves / The Nurse / Sister Do You Know My Name / Death Letter / Grinnin’ In Your Face (Cover of Eddie “Son” House) / Hotel Yorba / Same Boy You’ve Always Known / I Smell a Rat / Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine ( ??? ) ENCORE: Denial Twist / Hardest Button to Button (intro only) / Red Rain / Hardest Button to Button / Ball and a Biscuit / Seven Nation Army / Screwdriver / Boll Weevil
Oh what a difference a day makes! The White Stripes second night at Coney Island’s Keyspan Park was absolutely phenomenal! Everything I thought that could have been improved on in last night’s performance was solved within the first 5 minutes of the Stripes coming on stage. First off, when Meg and Jack greeted the crowd, Jack held up a black Polaroid camera in his hand, and pointed it at himself, then took a picture. He proceeded to fling the shot deep into the crowd. (If you know anyone who caught one, please scan it and post it somewhere. Then e-mail me!) He continued doing this a few times. Already I could tell that this night was going to be good. First song was a blazing rendition of “When I Hear My Name.” I nearly started crying.
Some key points before I go to sleep:
Ms. Karen Elson was indeed in the audience tonight. Last night she was busy performing with Citizen’s Band, but tonight her schedule was free so she stood in the wings and bopped her head along to the music.
Jack was a lot more playful tonight. In addition to throwing around tons of Polaroid pictures of himself and Meg, he also took some time to make jokes like this one (between “Hotel Yorba” and “Same Boy You’ve Always Known”): “Meg had breakfast with Dennis Hopper today.” ::Crowd cheers:: “That’s not true.” ::Crowd laughs self-conciously:: At the start of the show he said something about children not being allowed to make noise, but then proceeded to tell the crowd that “you can cheer whenever you want.”
Did anyone else notice the mirror that sits on the right side of Jack’s grand piano? Some running theories of the purpose of the mirror: To see Meg, to check himself out, to check for broccoli in teeth…
After the show ended around 11, my companions and I headed to Shout! at Bar 13 to catch The Greenhornes. The audience was sprinkled with notable musicians such as Brendan Benson, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the lady of the evening herself, Ms. Meg White.
I’m absolutely tired right now, but I’ll update later…