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Jack White is the best rock star of the 21st century

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Posted by admin On March - 4 - 2008

Since 1999, Jack White has put out 8 world-class rock albums between The White Stripes and The Raconteurs.

While White was a god amongst men when he co-anchored The White Stripes with his raw, stripped down rock, his soaring guitars have been bolstered admirably with a full backing band. He is now an unstoppable force of rock.

You may counter that Bono is clearly a bigger star, but you want to know a secret about Bono? He’s a holier than thou douche bag. I guess that’s not a secret.

Back to Jack. Whether he’s melting faces with his guitar, busting out a marimba or organ solo, you know he’ll still be anchoring the lyrics and owning

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but is it normal to be fronting two monstrously huge bands … at the same time?

When he created the riff of the year in “Icky Thump,” It took me a couple weeks to digest that no one had thought of what felt pure classic rock.

While he’s certainly a master of the studio, he’s a world class stage performer, working a crowd into a frenzy, despite “kid sister” Meg’s lifelessness. When I saw The White Stripes at Bonnaroo he flung himself off the drum kit, speakers and whatever got in his path.

Music videos are his forte as well. Need more?

When Jack stomps his foot on his trademark Digitech Whammy IV, his guitar seems otherworldly. Like God herself tickling angels. Angels of rock.

Festival Crashers doesn’t usually condone violence, but look what this MOFO did to Jason Stollsteimer on the Van Bondies —>

Don’t mess with the King. Just don’t do it.

Think I’ve lost a step for naming Jack White the best front-man of this baby century? I know Andy disagrees. I’d love to open this up for discussion. -Z.T.

4 Responses

  1. Teibs and Shore Said,

    I was going to tell you to get off your knees, and congratulate you on topping me in the area of favorite band fluffing, BUT I will reserve judgement until after we see the Raconteurs this summer. You can thank Michael Stipe for that. -AS

    Plus I laughed at his Elvis in Walk Hard….

    Posted on March 26th, 2008 at 1:32 am

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