Jack White is on Spa-rkling form

Jack White performs at Bridlington Spa...
Jack White performs at Bridlington Spa...
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Jack White at Bridlington Spa.

I have always had a lot of time for Jack White since I first heard one of the early White Stripes albums more than a decade ago.

Jack White performs at Bridlington Spa...

Jack White performs at Bridlington Spa...

Even though there was just him and Meg they made one hell of a racket and I have followed his solo side projects – including The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather – with interest.

Sunday’s gig got off to a blinding start with a set from support act Willy Moon. If appearances were to be believed he was a 1950s-style crooner but he came across as a demented lounge lizard who prowled the stage like a panther – imagine a bizarre vocal mash up of Screaming Jay Hawkins and Captain Beefheart.

After a short wait it was time for the main man to confidently stride on stage alongside his new solo band. They immediately launched into surprisingly short opening track and White Stripes classic Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground.

The band were fairly tight and they gave some of the White Stripes tracks a fuller sound complete with double bass, slightly off-kilter keyboards, fiddle and slide guitar.

They reminded me in parts of that foot stomping barroom blues-era Stones especially when Jack slowed proceedings down and swapped his guitar for keyboards.

It was good to hear his new solo Blunderbuss material mixed in with older White Stripes tracks as well as new interpretations of material from his other projects.

Highlights included instant crowd-pleasers including a belting version of Steady As She Goes as well as My Doorbell.

And he could not leave without playing the White Stripes’ best known track – Seven Nation Army – making sure that a capacity crowd left the Bridlington Spa very happy indeed.