Third Man has unearthed footage from two pivotal, game-changing live performances by the White Stripes in their hometown. The March 13th performance at Paycheck’s in Hamtramck is remarkable for many reasons: a crowd sang along to a White Stripes song for the first time (“Sugar Never Tasted So Good”), the band played their first-ever encore (“Slicker Drips”), and the group ultimately put to rest the conjecture that it would be their last-ever performance. The night was truly a watershed moment in the duo’s history.
Nearly two months later, their debut album is released and the May 30th performance celebrating its unveiling to the world is as equally groundbreaking and sublime. Highlights include the first public use of Jack’s soon-to-be-signature Airline Res-o-glass guitar, his first utilization of an ancillary, affected vocal microphone on stage, and the only known time Jack White licked a cartoonishly large faux peppermint while in the middle of a guitar solo.