LIVE REPORTGREEN STAGE7/30 SAT
Black, white, and blue nation take over in the weekend's main act
Jack White is a musical genius. Period. Whether you like his music or not, there’s no doubt that this man’s got talent both on and off stage. White has won 12 Grammy Awards, and three of his albums have hit number one on the Billboard charts. He is most widely known as the lead singer of The White Stripes (duo with his former wife, Meg White), which has been widely credited as one of the forefront bands that revived the garage rock scene in the 2000s. White has also been named one of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in Rolling Stones.
As the closing set on the Green Stage on Saturday night, the set started off with an epic guitar riff by White. Artistically, the screens on both sides of the set showed black and white videos from the stage, while the stage itself was lit in blue; White wore a blue shirt and flung his messy blue hair around as he barely opened his eyes while gliding his fingers across his sparkly blue guitar.
He played his single, “Tip From You to Me” from his new album titled “Entering Heaven Alive”. The backdrop was sprinkled with stars while White’s silhouette floated around. There was an all-white statue of a man with a guitar on stage that White would sometimes sing to; a unique prop that made the audience curious (who is he? What does it mean?).
When “Fell in Love With a Girl” came on, everyone screamed and started dancing like happy maniacs.
For a minute, White stepped off stage. While the crowd waited, everyone started chanting, clapping, and singing the intro to “Seven Nations Army” – an iconic White Stripes song. When White came back on stage though, he played “Steady As She Goes” as the crowd swayed back and forth. In a extended version of the song, he even whispered into the statue’s ears.
The backdrop continued to displayed various imagery all in the same tone of blue. Then, a realistic tiger appeared, who was treading back and forth and upside down. At the same time, the band began to play “Seven Nation Army’ and the crowd began to sing along right away. In the version that lasted about six minute, not a second went by where you couldn’t see big smiles on everyones faces.
White left the scene after saying “God Bless You Japan and Fuji Rock, arigato gozaimasu”. We were left in shock after; was that for real? Did that epic set just happen? One of the most anticipated sets of the weekend, possibly drawing the largest crowd, White and his band delivered an unforgettable set that we’ll look back in for years to come.
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