Dead Weather @ The Hollywood Palladium, 7/21/10
Jack White's latest reincarnation Dead Weather played to a packed house at the Hollywood Palladium on Wednesday night. The adoring crowd clad in black freaked out every time someone with a hat crossed the stage thinking that it might be the mysterious Mr. White. When they finally did emerge the crowd lost it's mind, screaming, and cheering as if the Messiah had arrived. Bassist Jack Lawrence and guitarist Dean Fertita smiled at the crowd sheepishly, but lead singer Alison Mossheart grabbed the mic as if it was her last cigarette and inhaled.
Dead Weather is more of a feeling than a band. They have all the right elements for a bad ass rock group: sexy lead singer, mysterious bassist, talented lead guitarist, and eccentric drummer, but no matter how badly they try it just doesn't have any lasting soul. But man alive, they've got the theatrics down. With stuffed goat's heads hanging from the speakers, a giant all knowing eye glaring soberly at the crowd, and white smoke wafting across the crowd there was an air of delicious foreboding that filled the theater. Add that to Mossheart who jerked across the stage like a sexpot zombie and White's mad hatter ramblings, and you could pretend that the music was inspired.