On August 12, 2010, Lek and Sowat found an abandoned supermarket in the north of Paris. For a year, in the greatest of secrets, both artists continuously wandered in this 430,000 sq ft monument to paint murals and organize an illegal artistic residency, inviting forty French graffiti artists to collaborate, from the first to the last generation of the graffiti movement. Together they built a Mausoleum, a temple dedicated to their disappearing underground culture, slowly being replaced by street art and its global pop aesthetics.
Translation= expect a huge and kick-ass party there SOON!
This was definitely a dream coming true given that I have the deepest admiration for this Guitar Hero, a genius that I put in the same category than a Sir Paul McCartney or a Damon Albarn (sure there are many others but well.)
This is a musician that through its incredible energy and charisma will make you feel in a way that you can only experience when you see your music gods on stage. Like a ball that literally eats your stomach away until HE appears, in front of you, on his pedestal, in the middle of the stage.
He’s accompanied by six marvelous young women looking spectacular in their blue dresses. He wears a suit on the same tones of blue and and obviously, his sex appeal (oh yes!).
The set-list is just impeccable and created specifically for the occasion: the perfect showcase of Mr White vast talent.
Here it is (And since I am a very nice girl I have included the different bands with which these songs were composed. You’re welcome :P)
1. Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes song)
2. Sixteen Saltines
3. Love Interruption
4. Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes song)
5. You Know That I Know (Hank Williams cover)
6. I Guess I Should Go to Sleep
7. Two Against One (Danger Mouse cover)
8. Weep Themselves to Sleep
9. Hypocritical Kiss
10. Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy
11. Top Yourself (The Raconteurs song)
12. Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes song)
13. Freedom At 21
14. Take Me With You When You Go
15. Cannon (The White Stripes song)
16. My Doorbell (The White Stripes song)
17. Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather song)
18. The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (The White Stripes song)
19. Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs song)
20. I’m Slowly Turning Into You (The White Stripes song)
21. Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)
Even now, while I am writing this, I am re-living the set-list…and oh, what a bloody good set list this was! The bar was set high from the first few chords of “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground”, and when the following track ensued, the audience was already transfixed in total mind and body captivation. The perfect dream state for the slow and sweet arrival of the ballad: “Love Interruption”. Just incredible.
The rest of the gig was just as amazing and, as you could easily guess, I am impatient to repeat the experience and to have Mr White, and its fellow musicians, come back to us with another project, another concert. One of those concerts that effortlessly slips in the top-ten-best-gigs-ever. A concert so worthy that it doesn’t even make you cringe when everybody starts singing the uber-famous “Seven nation Army” in that Stadium hymn way that has become –unfortunately- so annoying. But no, when in the presence of the great Jack, you sing it loud and proud, not like the irritating drunkster does in the club, but with its proper words ‘And I’m talking to myself at night because I can’t forget / Back and forth through my mind/ behind a cigarette’ …and you continue even the music it’s over. Because it’s so true.