Famously backward-looking, Jack White showered fans with an enthusiastic retrospective of his own career this weekend at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. During White’s first appearance at the festival as a solo artist after playing sets with the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather in previous years, he played a set that drew from all of those phases of his musical career.
White and his band, all well-dressed and oddly-coiffed, thrilled the crowd with their musical deftness and energy. White’s enthusiasm extended into his teasing, cajoling and occasionally odd stage patter, including such nonsensical-but-passionate declarations as, “The gold rush is over; this is the new world, is it not?!” and “Are you alive and well, California!?” He even regaled the crowd with a series of (possibly fictional) quotes about the desert from Captain Beefheart, Salvador Dali, Maya Angelou, Merle Haggard, Jimmy Carter and Carl Sagan.
In addition to playing White Stripes, Raconteurs and solo White tunes, the band covered Otis Redding‘s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and, briefly, Rage Against the Machine‘s “Testify.” White and his band even came back out for a five song encore, spurred on by the audience’s chanting of the “Seven Nation Army” riff.
Watch Jack White’s Coachella set below: