With the April release of his debut solo album, “Blunderbuss,” Jack White leaves his Nashville home and returns to where it all started for him and Meg more than a decade ago. (Although, when you maintain the kind of artistic control that White has for years, calling this his first solo project is probably a bit misleading.)
White will be hitting the road with both backing bands he used for “Blunderbuss” (one all-male, one all-female) and playing tunes from his days with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, along with tracks from the new album. Reportedly, this will be a fly-by-the-seat-of-his-vintage-suit-pants tour, as White won’t decide which songs to play or which band to play with until the night of each show. Joining him will be the southern retro-soul quartet, Alabama Shakes, a band well-worth showing up early for. If you don’t already have tickets, you’d better start hitting up your favorite online broker because the 7:30 p.m. show sold out in 13 minutes. Or you might have been one of the die-hard fans in line at one of two independent record stores in Oak Park and Royal Oak on April 24 where tickets for his 2 p.m. show at the Masonic were exclusively sold.
All in all, both performances promise to deliver nothing but the eccentric and undeniably cool Jack White antics we love along with what is sure to be two of the most unique and talked about shows of the year.
Jack White will be performing at the Scottish Rite Cathedral at Masonic Temple on May 24. For tour information and more on Jack White’s solo debut check out www.jackwhiteiii.com.