Jack White Mixes Past With Present During Final Night of Lollapalooza
In what turned out to be a beautiful day following Saturday night’s thunderstorm-drenched delay, Lollapalooza ended on a high note during Sunday’s (August 5) final schedule of events. Jack White helped cap off the night with a entertaining set spanning his entire career.
The former White Stripes frontman showed up on the Red Bull Soundstage with his all-male band, Los Buzzardos. White came to Chicago to rock and did just that, kicking off his blues-soaked performance with recent single “Sixteen Saltines,” taken from his debut solo album Blunderbuss. The energetic Detroit native was jumping all over the stage while throwing down guitar solos that would make any Memphis blues player proud.
“Damn if we didn’t get lucky with the weather tonight,” White said as the crowd at Grant Park enjoyed the cool breeze coming off of Lake Michigan.
The Third Man Records boss dipped into his White Stripes catalog as well, churning out a blistering version of “Black Math.” While White was crooning an acoustic version of “Love Interruption” with backup singer Ruby Amanfu, Los Buzzardos exited the stage to swap places with the all-female band, The Peacocks. Country-roots renditions of “Weep Themselves to Sleep” and the White Stripes classic “Hotel Yorba” soon followed. White also threw in material from his other bands, including The Dead Weather’s “Blue Blood Blues” and The Raconteurs’ “Top Yourself.” White ended his set with the thumping “Seven Nation Army” to send everyone home happy. Watch Jack White and Los Buzzardos perform “Sixteen Saltines” at Lollapalooza below.
There were several other highlights during the final day of Lollapalooza 2012. The Walkmen serenaded the crowd with their hipster blend of jangling guitars and coolness at the Sony stage. Reunited alt-rock pioneers At The Drive-In were a sonic force to be reckoned with, which was a bit of a contrast from the ethereal experience of Iceland’s Sigur Rós an hour prior. Florence + the Machine kept the crowd in a jovial mood at the Bud Light stage, as singer Florence Welch pranced around like an enchanted fairy while serenading the crowd with hits like “Shake It Off” and “Dog Days Are Over.”
So there you have it. Lollapalooza 2012 comes to a close after surviving a punishing thunderstorm, total evacuation, over 100 bands and hundreds of thousands of festival goers. We had a blast and can’t wait to occupy Chicago next year.
Watch Jack White Perform “Sixteen Saltines” at Lollapalooza 2012