Jack White celebrated his 44th birthday on Tuesday with a special performance at the Third Man Records outpost in his hometown of Detroit, offering an intimate acoustic performance with his Raconteurs bandmate and fellow singer-songwriter Brendan Benson (a native of Royal Oak, MI).
According to the Detroit Free Press, attendees of the show, which was announced just Monday evening before quickly selling out, included White and Benson’s other two Raconteurs bandmates, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. Third Man’s Ben Blackwell also noted during the event that yesterday was also the 20th anniversary of the first time White and Benson shared the stage, at Detroit’s Garden Bowl.
The two guitarists kicked off the 12-song set with a cover of Pink Floyd’s classic “Fearless,” followed by Benson taking lead vocals on The White Stripes’ “Sugar Never Tasted So Good” and White returning the cover with his voice on Benson’s own “Metarie.”
The two also fit a cover of Waylon Jennings’ “Lucille” into the set (with a snippet of the Go-Gos’ “We Got the Beat”), plus Stripes tunes “As Ugly As I Seem” and “We’re Going to Be Friends” and White’s “Love Interruption.” They also ran through The Raconteurs’ “Together” and cuts from that band’s new album, Help Me Stranger, including the “Only Child,” “Now That You’re Gone,” “Shine the Light on Me” and the title track, which closed out the performance.
Check out the full setlist below, and read Relix‘s spring 2018 cover story on Jack White here.
Jack White & Brendan Benson
Third Man Records – Detroit, MI
Fearless, Sugar Never Tasted So Good, Metarie, Only Child, Lucille, Love Interruption, Now That You’re Gone, Sine the Light On Me, As Ugly As I Seem, Together, We’re Going to Be Friends, Help Me Stranger