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The Raconteurs at ACL

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Posted by admin On September - 29 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Jack White came out and told the crowd he hoped we were doing better than he was. He disclosed that his doctor told him he had a disconnected disc in his throat and it felt like it was going to close down.

I gasped like it was my grandson up there. Oy vey, Jackie! Bubbelah! Jack was limited vocally throughout the set, but made up for it by just soloing over everything and focusing on being a filthy, squealing tour de force on his axes.

Blasting off right away, Jack and Brendan Benson jammed their way into “Consolers of the Lonely.”

They continued the rock assault with “Level” before Jack saddled up to the keys for “You Don’t Understand Me”

I was feeling like Jack could overcome his vocal issues without skipping a beat, but my boy couldn’t even attempt the vocal shreds on “Rich Kid Blues.” That was my favorite part of Lollapalooza. Yelling the lyrics “I knowww what’s gooooing on!” into the face of a stranger who yelled them right back at me. I gotta admit it, it was sad to not have that experience again.

Well, Jack made me feel better almost instantly with a scorching “Many Shades of Black” and a song Jack apparently made up on the spot about boys who “woke up with their ‘discs’ in the wrong place.”

My little Jack sounded like he was being tortured during the opening yelps of “Hold Up.” He took it easy from then on, vocally but got us clapping to the rapid rhythm as Brendan took a monster solo on the amps. Most guitarists wouldn’t mess with their trademark opening licks. Jack White isn’t most guitarists. He laid waste to “Steady as She Goes'” typical intro and turned that intro out.

Rest up, Jackie Boy. You want some Matzah ball soup for your throat? Some honey in your tea. Eat up. You’re looking a little pale.

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