button The White Stripes @ Zepp Tokyo (6th Mar '06)

School Of Rock

The White Stripes
      They say you're never too old to learn something new. With that in mind, well-respected musical professors Jack and Meg White transformed Zepp Tokyo into a massive lecture hall to educate and enlighten a few thousand students. Tonight's subject: rock's storied history and its bright future.

      Class began at 7:15 p.m. this evening. Realizing the importance of first impressions, Professor Jack White arrived on stage in a white suit and a black top hat. Knowing that actions speak louder than words, he and his "sister" decided to begin the lesson by demonstrating exactly how one should go about blowing the minds of a capacity crowd. Whipping through "Blue Orchid", the leadoff track from last year's Grammy Award winning Get Behind Me Satan, Jack placed a huge role on showmanship as he two-stepped back and forth between his mic and Meg's drum kit.

      The White StripesFrom there the history lesson began. Taking the finest parts of classic, southern, garage, and indie rock, and mixing in a whole lot of blues and country with a dash of pop and folk has helped the White Stripes create their unique, infectious sound. Stripped down and raw, their innovative albums pay tribute to rock's past without trying to emulate it. Instead it offers a clear vision of how an act can wear their influences on their sleeve, but still make refreshingly fresh, exciting new music.

      Taking their jobs as educators quite seriously, they poured everything they had into their 75 minute class. Eschewing text books, handouts, overhead projectors, and white boards, the two instead utilized a new, revolutionary teaching style that involved various instruments and a whole lot of fun. As opposed to sitting on their rear ends and taking notes, students were expected to be active participants. The mixed crowd happily obliged singing, clapping, dancing, and eagerly soaking up everything that the White Stripes turned out.

      Performing cuts from each of their acclaimed studio albums, the group also worked in several fantastic covers of traditional country songs along with versions of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Son House's "Death Letter". Along with the awesome music, what makes these two professors' nightly lectures so popular is how visually stimulating they are. The educational aspect is great, but many people can teach a large crowd. However it takes a truly gifted individual, or in this case a pair, to present information in such an enthralling manner that you literally have pupils begging for more. Surrounded by white plastic palm trees and playing in front of a giant backdrop that also featured loads of palm trees and mountains, Jack and Meg easily stood out as two of the coolest people in the building. Hell, their two-man stage crew even had style, sporting black suits and fedoras.

The White Stripes      Bursting with energy, Jack was constantly on the move. Jumping, dancing, falling to his knees, and strutting around on stage while wildly strumming his vintage guitars, it's evident that the front man has spent years studying what he teaches. He got so wrapped up in the moment that at times it looked like he was a teenager, rocking out alone in his bedroom to the music he loved. Personally, I loved all of the songs that featured a bit of piano. Watching Jack run over to the piano set up at the side of the stage and quickly tap the keys while cradling his guitar in his lap and then hop up a few moments later and quickly begin playing guitar again without missing a note was truly a sight to behold.

      After a rousing version of crowd favourite "The Hardest Button To Button" the group retreated backstage. They re-emerged a few minutes later for a seven-song encore that included, fittingly enough, "Seven Nation Army". Ending things with "Boll Weevil", Jack instructed the audience to sing along. Like all good students they followed their teacher's order without question. Pleased with everyone's scholastic efforts, Jack and Meg thanked the crowd before dismissing class and sending their students off into the cool night to share what they had learned with others.

report by shawn and photos by keco
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buttonmag files : The White Stripes

button間と呼吸感、そして全てが確信犯 : (06/03/09 @ Zepp Osaka) review by kuniko, photos by yegg
buttonphoto report : (06/03/09 @ Zepp Osaka) photos by yegg
buttonphoto report : (06/03/08 @ Zepp Nagoya) photos by ikesan
buttonSchool Of Rock : (06/03/06 @ Zepp Tokyo) review bt shawn, photos by keco
buttonphoto report : (06/03/06 @ Zepp Tokyo) photos by keco
button原稿ひとつ吹っ飛ばしたギターの轟音 : (06/03/05 @ Zepp Tokyo) review by joe,photos by saya38
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buttonRight On White - Jack and Meg earn their Stripes : (03/10/22 @ Shibuya AX) review by jinki, photos by saya38
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The official site
White Stripes
- http://www.whitestripes.com/

check 'em? --> The White Stripes
the latest ep

The White Stripes

"Walking with a Ghost"
(国内盤 / US import )

the latest album

The White Stripes

"Get Behind Me Satan"
(国内盤 / US import )


"Candy Coloured Blues: Unauthorized"

the previous works

The White Stripes

(国内盤 / US import / US import - enhanced / UK import)

"White Blood Cells"
(国内盤 / US import / UK import)
"The White Stripes"
(US import / UK import / 国内盤)
"De Stijl"
(US import / UK import / 国内盤)
"Dead Leaves & The Dirty Ground"
(UK import)
"Hotel Yorba"
(UK import)
"Fell in Love With a Girl, Pt. 1"
(UK import)
"Maximum White Stripes"
(UK import)
"I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself"
(UK import)

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