Jack White

Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 2

Jack WhiteParc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal QC, August 2
Photo: Pat Beaudry
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Picking up where Nick Cave left off, Jack White graciously continued Cave's "Stagger Lee" after the sound was cut. It was a beautiful off-the-cuff homage from White, who's clearly a fan, and it seems likely that he's one of the few artists on the bill that Nick Cave might actually get along with. Jack White could've easily stuck to songs from his two solo albums and still played an unbelievable set, but he obligingly ran through a smattering of classics from his White Stripes years for the festival crowd. The show featured "Fell in Love with a Girl," "The Hardest Button to Button" and a country style ho-down with fiddle and slide guitar for "Hotel Yorba." He even played "Steady as She Goes," from his Raconteurs days, at a perfect moment when Osheaga began their fireworks display, piling spectacle on top of spectacle.

Backing up White was a crack team of hugely talented musicians. There were drum solos and organ solos, there was even a theremin solo, and of course, White's wailing guitar propelled the show along a distorted pathway. How many bone-fide rock legends are there left in this generation? If there are any left at all, Jack White is certainly one of them. His Osheaga show cemented that title better than any album ever could.

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