The White Stripes in Vancouver

I am not a big fan of the outdoors, and not a big fan of outdoor shows. There’s nothing about watching a good show that makes me think, “This would be twice as awesome if I was standing in a puddle.” I suppose then it was a good thing that I did not put a few facts together in my head and realize that the White Stripes show at Deer Lake was going to be in the actual outside, because if I had I would probably have passed on a great show.

Now I’d still contend that seeing the White Stripes at the Commodore or a small indoors venue would have been much more awesome, but it was still a good show. The music was actually mixed incredibly well, not only for an outdoors show but for a live show period. The Jack and Meg White combination of the two person band works just as well live as it does on the albums.

Of course watching a concert so soon after the release of a new album is always tricky, as I had less than a week to get familiar with the new songs, but there were enough of the golden oldies (“Seven Nation Army”, “Hotel Yorba” and “Fell In Love With A Girl”) to keep my rags and bones entertained.

Also let’s talk a moment about diverse crowds. You go to a Matthew Good show and you know you’re going to get a mix of suburban kids mixed with the odd indie Buddy Holly type. Go to a Modest Mouse show and it’s more Buddy Holly glasses than you’d care to see in one place. The White Stripes brought in people of all ages, from children with their young parents to the old NDPers smoking their grass and remembering the sixites.

All in all a good weird show.

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