Thursday, October 10, 2019

Raconteurs rock Denver's new Mission Ballroom, Jack White shreds guitar as usual

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 1:06 PM

click to enlarge MATTHEW SCHNIPER
  • Matthew Schniper

The Raconteurs put on a hella energetic performance in support of their new album Help Us Stranger at Denver's new, spiffy Mission Ballroom venue in the RiNo District on Oct. 9.

The setlist included a kickoff with the first track from Help Us Stranger, "Bored and Razed" and a lengthy encore that toured from "Consolers of the Lonely" (the highly popular title track from the band's second album) through "Help Me Stranger" and "What's Yours Is Mine" to an extended finale with some guided crowd participation on "Steady, As She Goes" (the mainstream hit from Broken Boy Soldiers, the band's first album).

Guitar virtuoso and Raconteurs co-front man Jack White was in his usual form, which is to say shredding guitar like few of his generation can and lending now-legendary vocal stylings through various channels of distortion, backing up fellow singer Brendan Benson.

The two moved together at many points during the show to solo atop each other, also joined at interludes by bassist Jack Lawrence (The Dead Weather) for vocal support. Drummer Patrick Keeler (The Greenhornes) and keyboardist Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) held together the tight musicianship; the band's sound bleeds folk and blues at turns with an overall pure rock n' roll vibe.

Help Us Stranger debuted at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 list back in June when it was released.

Our only grievance with this spectacular set and show was the absence of a personal favorite track, "Carolina Drama," which we've been pining to see live. Still, after a 10-year wait for this new album from the band, White and crew's showmanship more than satisfied. If you feel like hopping a plane, here's what's left for current tour dates.

Check out the below slideshow for at least a visual taste of the evening's energy:

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