Jack White, this traitor to the people of Brussels

Nobody, absolutely nobody. At a time when Avenue Victor Rousseau should be teeming with people, there’s hardly a living soul to be found in Forest National. For the arrival of a heavyweight like Jack White, this is quite unexpected. Either the eight thousand spectators are already inside, more than an hour before the start of the concert, or the latest Guitar Hero “Made in America” ​​is no longer drawing crowds.

It is true that this Saturday, July 11, Mr. competes with Dour, Tomorrowland and the beaches of the Côte d’Azur. It is also said that his management was especially greedy, initially demanding more than 80 euros per ticket, the price of which was later revised downwards, in the absence of finding sufficiently wealthy buyers or particularly narrow-minded fans.

The introduction

Behind the portico and the sealing of mobile phones -prohibited in the room by order of the protagonist of the day, and placed in useless foam covers during the concert- we are calm. The concert takes place, some 3000 people applaud the Flemish rockers of Equal Idiots, in charge of warming up the assembly.

Pieter and Thibault get the job done, have fun with their audience, and even treat themselves to a rockin’ version of Plastic Bertrand’s “Ca plane pour Moi,” even “if they don’t understand the lyrics“, as “i don’t really speak french“. The upper floors of Forest have been obstructed by black curtains, the stage is further forward than usual, it feels like Cirque Royal or AB, and this creates an unprecedented and welcome sense of intimacy. .

The rise of power

At 9:15 p.m. sharp, the lights go out, the fans go into a trance. Hidden behind a thick vintage blue curtain, the group enters and launches into an intro that’s as electric as it gets, before moving on to “Taking Me Back” and “Fear Of The Dawn.” The curtain rises, Jack stands proudly a few feet from us, his blue hair disheveled. Extracted from their last album released in two parts, these two singles reconnect a little with the effectiveness of their beginnings and suggest a true return to hostilities.

Formed in Detroit in 1997, the White Stripes quickly released three albums of visceral rock’n’roll tinged with blues and country ballads (the white stripes, The style et white blood cells), before finding the perfect combination in an absolute masterpiece (Elephant), and gradually losing inspiration (get away from me satan, repulsive blow). Meg left due to exhaustion, stress and agoraphobia in 2007, Jack then devoted himself to Raconteurs and Dead Weathers – his side projects – before offering himself three solo albums, sometimes disappointing, sometimes experimental.

Treachery

The tours that followed were consistently disappointing. White is a legend, a guitar genius, but he immerses himself little in his old repertoire, which is still far superior to the new. When we look at the setlists for this 2022 Supply Chain Issues Tour, it’s awe and excitement. Get out of certain painful pieces of orange blunderbusset pesthouse, Jack now assumes his status. Whether playing indoors or at festivals, some legendary titles stand out such as “Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground”, “Black Math”, the brilliant “Hello Operator” and the sublime “Ball & Biscuit”, an explosion of blues from more seven minutes.

In Forest, we feel him accomplished, smiling, coming to his audience every ten minutes, even if he doesn’t say a word between songs. Jack is electric, his control intact. “I Cut A Buffalo” (Dead Weathers) turns up the heat. ‘The Hardest Button To Button’ sets the stage, ahead of the release of the classic ‘Fell In Love With a Girl’. We tell ourselves that the show is launched, we kick, the madness points with the tip of the nose. Jack White is fine tonight, but he goes right into the hit “Steady As She Goes” and the timeless “Seven Nation Army” that consistently closes his shows. No “Hotel Yorba”, least of all “Ball And Biscuit” still play almost every night. Yes, this concert was good, but we can’t help but feel a certain betrayal. When we say we’re playing “Ball And Biscuit”, we’re playing “Ball And Biscuit”!

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