Meg White Steps Out with the Raconteurs in Detroit

Writes a poster on the Little Room message boards about the June 8, 2008 Raconteurs show in Detroit, Michigan:

Meg did sit behind pk’s [Patrick Keeler’s] kit for a min, and I went complete ape shit. I thought she was gonna play a song, but then pk came up and said “sorry honey, wrong band” an she went backstage. She looked so nervous, like they really had to try to get her to come out.

Another poster chimed in:

Yes Miss Megan came out with Jack right after the break and sat on Patrick’s stool. She cocked her left shoulder forward and looked over it at Jack and gave him a good WS stare. The crowd went nuts! 🙂 Did I mentioned that I almost cried AGAIN!

Here’s a little blurry picture of Meg walking away. (Thanks to whitestripesman.)

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More at Rolling Stone and Billboard.

Thanks to A and W for the head’s up.

The Raconteurs: Friday Night @ Terminal 5, NYC

Quick update before I head out to do something productive today…

Last night I headed out to the wilderness that is known as Terminal 5 here in NYC in order to see the first night of The Raconteurs three-show stand in the city.

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Having never been to the venue before, I was quite surprised by the “open your bags” and pat down procession that greeted me at the entrance. Once inside, I walked through the opening hallway and into a space that immediately struck me as being the place where evil concert-goers go to die. With a ground floor overstuffed with a sea of towering, beer-wielding dudes, I was immediately struck with fear.

Since I hadn’t eaten dinner, as the opening act Black Keys Lips played, I scurried through the crowd, trying to locate the stairs in order to get to the 3rd floor where Empanada Mama had a stall. I navigated to the back of the crowd only to find the bar, past the glowing ATM machine (???), finally finding the stairway to what I would soon find to be just a vertically higher version of concert hell.

I mean, this one-time superclub is so hideously large that they need to have MAPS telling you where you are. That was probably the nail on the coffin for me. Take a look at what they have posted on the wall:

terminal 5 map

(OK, I made a few modifications to the map. Click on the image for LARGER VERSION)

More about the show itself after the jump.
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The Raconteurs: Live on NPR

From NPR:

The Raconteurs just want to have fun. Loud and bombastic with an arsenal of infectious riffs, the quartet plays with swagger, a wry sense of humor and one, singular message: Let’s rock. Hear The Raconteurs in a full concert, live on NPR.org tonight (May 27). The performance from Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club will begin at approximately 10:00 p.m. ET.

Thanks to W. for the head’s up.

Chris Martin: Afraid to Leave Grandma’s House

Some complaining about Coldplay’s crappy contract with EMI/Capitol from Chris in this interview in the Guardian, surprised?

Chris Martin tries to explain why Coldplay isn’t doing cool free/instant/independent things like bands he obviously admires/looks up to like Radiohead and the Raconteurs:

“Being on a major label at the moment is like living in your grandparents’ house,” Chris Martin confessed to Reuters this week. “Everyone knows they need to move out, and they will eventually, but we kind of like our grandmother.”

“We have absolute respect for the Radioheads and Raconteurs and people who can do what they like,” he said. “[The standard major label approach] is obviously an antiquated model because of the internet. We’re in contract though, so we’re just going to make the most of it and enjoy the people we get to work with.”

Chris also pines for public forgiveness for their last “free” concert in New York for “X & Y”, which took place at the Beacon Theater in 2005:

“We felt we fucked up so royally in New York when we were setting up X&Y,” he said. “We did an AOL thing, which was fine to do, but we tried to mix it with a buzz gig and we just came across as a huge and very impersonal corporation.”

Is Coldplay Biting My Chemical Romance’s Style?

As you might already know, I love Coldplay and have been a long-time fan, but I’m not above pointing out how ridiculous they are–and by “they” I mean “Chris.” I am simultaneously interested and embarrassed by everything they do.

As I’ve already established, Coldplay have a long track record of creating the ugliest album covers known to man, and their newest for Viva la Vida is no different.

But one day last week as I was staring at the album cover, screaming “WHY? WHY? WHY?,” I realized that the image reminded me of another of my embarrassingly beloved band’s work…My Chemical Romance.

Check it out:

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But the comparisons do not stop there…

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Jack White Will Save Your Life, Then Continue Rocking Your World

An eagle-eyed reader emailed in with a link to this story from the Kansas City Star blog “Back to Rockville“:

Imagine you’re a girl, and you love the Raconteurs. You go see them at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, and your having a grand time, when all of a sudden you faint.

The crowd pushes your body to the front, and instead of a bouncer coming to your rescue, Jack White himself leaps off the stage and carries your weary body to safety. He then (as you are told later), continues on with “Carolina” like nothing happened.

Below is a photo submitted by a KCS reader of the act of kindness in action:

super jack!

Said one KCS “Back to Rockville” reader: Wadkc: “I loved how he didn’t even mention the woman in the front. Just doing the Superman thing and movin’ on.”

Said another…er…concerned reader: “I hope she is OK. Wish it had been me.

Thanks to RMS for the tip!

The Raconteurs’ North American Tour Dates Announced

Note: On the Raconteurs’ official site it says the NY Terminal 5 show goes on sale on 4/5, but according to the Bowery site they go on sale on 4/4 at noon. Good luck guys!

According to NME:

Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom (April 20) *
Seattle, WA Neumo’s (21) *
Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom (22) *
San Francisco, CA Bimbo’s 365 Club (23) *
Indio, CA Coachella (25)
Las Vegas, NV The Joint (26) *
Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium (28) *
Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre (29) *
Dallas, TX House of Blues (May 1) *
Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ (2, 3) *
New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (4)
Washington, DC 9:30 Club (27, 28) ^
New York, NY Terminal 5 (30) ^
Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion (June 3) ^
Montreal, Quebec Metropolis (4) ^
Toronto, Ontario Ricoh Coliseum (5) ^
Detroit, MI The Fillmore (7) ^
Columbus, OH LC Amphitheater (9) ^
Cincinnati, OH National City Pavilion (10) ^
St. Louis, MO Pageant (12) #
Manchester, TN Bonnaroo (13)

* with Birds Of Avalon
* with Black Lips
# with The Fiery Furnaces