The Dead Weather had a lot to live up to, headlining the main stage of 2010's Capitol Hill Block Party. An event featuring bands like !!! dumping Coca Cola over themselves, Atmosphere enticing us with beats and rhymes, Holy Fuck performing with pure energy, and MGMT reminding us how overrated they are.
As the sun set on Sunday, the crowd rose with excitement. People climbed up walls, crowded the stubborn block, and huddled close to experience the Dead Weather. Girls were flashing their breasts just to move up and through the crowd.
And how did the Dead Weather respond to all the excitement? By putting on a fucking good show. They presented themselves like a real rock band; with attitude, energy, style, and flat out good song. Alison Mosshart is the ideal front woman, coming out with the punk rock look, smoking cigarettes between songs, and still belting out sharp vocals. Dean Fertita plays guitar and keys with concentration and still finds time to stare at the crowd as if he is trying to seduce us. And Jack White, the ideal pick for being the classic guitarist of our generation, played the role as the cool drummer. He came out and rocked us with power with ease. He showed us it was possible to be a front man behind the scenes. And he reminded us how awesome he really is. When he picked up a guitar to play their slow blues number "Will There Be Enough Water?" it looked like he was reconnecting with his third arm. I can't wait to tell my kids I saw Jack White live.
The band rocked through a solid set, opening with tracks from their first album, like "60 Feet Tall", "Hang You From the Heavens" and covering Van Morrison with "You Just Can't Win". After "I Cut Like a Buffalo" they tore up some new songs with "The Difference Between Us" and "Die By the Drop".
It was nice to see a real rock band move the hipster crowd on Capitol Hill.