Starting with the crushing "Icky Thump," Jack White came to Glastonbury to rock. Check out video of his full set below, via YouTube.
Jack White Full Set at Glastonbury 2014
Jack White "Lazaretto" BBC Official Video at Glastonbury 2014
The set proved to be a platform for White to explore his biggest songs, and jam out in new and interesting ways. He opened the show with three White Stripes songs, the aforementioned "Icky Thump," followed by a sandwich of "Screwdriver" inside of "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground." In all, 10 of the 16 songs were from The White Stripes' catalog, while 5 of the songs came from White's latest album, Lazaretto, and 1 song came from White's 2012 debut solo album, Blunderbuss.
Before the set, the weather was threatening rain, but the sun came out as White played. Bathed in blue and white light, White went back and forth between aggressive in-your-face guitar playing and more mellow country tinged strumming and picking. Drinking straight out of a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, by the end of the set it appeared that White was pretty drunk. During the final song, he went behind the drummer and pushed up against him as the band built up into a final wave of energy. Then, White threw his guitar and knocked both the drummer and himself over, in a messy scene reminiscent of how Nirvana or The Who would sometimes close things out.
White's band shows extreme versatility through the set. The drummer is adept at playing funky R&B, but he's also capable at smashing the kit to match Jack White's hard rock explorations. The bass player plays upright and electric, holding down basslines that suit White's newfound country style as well as his more punk influenced material. The multi-instrumentalist behind White plays pedal steel guitar, mandolin, violin, and theramin. Rounding out the band are a piano player and a female vocalist who also plays violin and mandolin.
There are times when notes are off-pitch and it sounds extremely sloppy. The songs are pretty complicated, with a lot of parts that connect and intertwine. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Even when it doesn't work, White and the band soldier on full-steam ahead. At the 49 minute mark, Jack White asks the crowd if he should play 1 more song, 2 more songs, or many more songs. The crowd cheers on, clearly indicating they want as much as they can get. During "We're Gonna Be Friends," the crowd claps along and it's a great moment.
At most festivals, encores simply don't happen. Glastonbury is a bit different. Jack White came out to play an extremely jammed out "Ball and Biscuit" and then closed things out giving the people what they wanted, with "Seven Nation Army."
Jack White Glastonbury 6.28.2014 Setlist: