An Eternally Enigmatic Entity, that is Jack White. Clearly this review is brought to you by the letter E. It is also brought to you by the number 22 as that is the number of songs that Jack played with the Los Buzzardos on Thursday, October 4th at the Sony Centre in Toronto (set list below). This was show number 2, the male band night after likely an Epic first show the night before with The Peacocks – the female band. I only had the pleasure of attending night 2.
There was still a cloud lingering from the much talked about Radio City Music Hall show in New York City a few nights previously. Jack decided that a 45 minute set was enough on night one. I wasn’t letting that cloud my judgement of the show I was attending. I was there to Enjoy. Jack Effervescently Emitted his Essence, his heart and soul, Evocatively strutting the stage Endearing himself, his Energy to those previously Enlightened fans and those just Experiencing it for the first time. Engaged, that was me and my sisterly concert comrades.
Ok, I’m done with the E thing. That was fun for two paragraphs. Honestly I was slightly worried that Jack wouldn’t give us the full set – I didn’t want to be punished. Ok, that’s a lie, I would like to be punished by Mr. White just don’t tell Mr. Lyric……who am I kidding, he knows! I was so close, I could smell Jack, luckily Eau de Rockstar is a scent I enjoy. When I say the audience was engaged, that me and my comrades were engaged it wasn’t just so I could use an e-word, it was the truth. Perhaps that NYC Night #1 lacked that connection? Jack is a hard read, I’m sure he likes it that way, he may work hard at it or it may come naturally to him, he is for sure good at it. Even being able to see his facial expressions up close and personal it was hard to read him…..until one point in the show. The crowd (or at least the pit) was bopping up and down, every person surrounding me was enthralled (I can’t help myself with the E thing now) and Jack glanced left, glanced right, then glanced down in the general vicinity of Ms. Lila Lyric and friends and the stoic look we typically see turned to silly grin and then big smile. I’d like to think that us getting our groove on front and center brought the Guy Smilie out in JW. We were likely but a small factor in a completely A+ crowd that Jack seemingly enjoyed playing to that second night in Toronto.
This show for me is tops. I’m still contemplating where it sits, definately Top 5, likely in the number 2 spot. When a show hits you like a sucker punch you have to give it top billing. I’m sure my location, my proximity to main attraction and the energy of the band, being able to watch the guitar playing by Jack, see how eloquently but with mass intensity as his fingers stroked the keys of the piano. The visual experience when that close is always a pleasure with fabulous musicians, and it sure helps when the music emanating from the stage equals in intensity.
To say I enjoyed the show is an understatement. I snapped a picture or two (shown here) discreetly with no flash and no stealing of Jack White’s soul. I bid you farewell as I still relish in the moment of experience the Jack White Phenomenon.
Set List Sony Centre, Toronto Ontario Thursday October 4, 2012
1. Missing Pieces
2. Sixteen Saltines
3. Cannon/Wasting My Time (The White Stripes song)
4. Freedom At 21
5. Love Interruption
7. Top Yourself (The Raconteurs song)
8. I Cut Like A Buffalo (The Dead Weather song)
9. I Guess I Should Go to Sleep
10. The Same Boy You’ve Always Known (The White Stripes song)
11. Blue Blood Blues (The Dead Weather song)
12. Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs song)
13. Two Against One (Danger Mouse cover)
14. We’re Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes song)
15. Weep Themselves to Sleep
16. Broken Boy Soldier tease >
17. Hello Operator (The White Stripes song)
18. Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes song)
19. The Hardest Button to Button (The White Stripes song)
20. Take Me With You When You Go
21. Catch Hell Blues (The White Stripes song)
22. Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)