On Thursday, famed indie rocker Jack White opened a tour in support of his latest album called Boarding House Reach. The show took place in White’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan, and — like all forthcoming dates in the tour — fans were not allowed to bring their mobile devices with them into the show.
The show was at Little Caesars Arena, and audience members had to place their phones and other devices in secure pouches before entering the arena. This was so White could provide them with a “100% human experience,” as he called it in a statement he issued prior to the commencement of the tour.
The show, which represented the first time White had ever performed in a Detroit arena, was sold out, and critics called it “impressive.” Not only was the crowd a throwback to the days prior to smartphones, but there were also no video screens in the arena, and White and his band had no set list. They improvised the entire two-hour show. This created an intimate environment in what usually is an anything but intimate arena.
Some saw the show as White’s “love letter” to the city. First, all the opening acts were local products: the Craig Brown Band, Negative Approach and techno artist Mark Flash. There were also many members of the Detroit Tigers on hand.
The show began at exactly 9:45 p.m., and it featured songs from throughout White’s storied career. This included classic tunes from his White Stripes days, as well as ones from the Raconteurs and Dead Weather. He also performed songs from his solo career, both old and new.
In a touching moment, White’s mother joined him when he performed “Hotel Yorba.” She even danced on the stage as he sang.
Among the many songs he performed during the show were “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” “I Cut Like a Buffalo,” “Steady, as She Goes,” “Love Interruption,” “Sixteen Saltines,” and “Ball and Biscuit.”