The White Stripes

Live at Vega

Copenhagen, DEN

May 15, 2003

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live sound by Matthew Kettle & mixed and mastered by Bill Skibbe, Third Man Mastering, Nashville
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A special show to close out the run.  Even the intro music is unique here, as the band take the stage to the sound of “The Wells Fargo Wagon” from The Music Man being played over the house speakers: "Oh, the Wells Fargo Wagon is a 'comin, now I don't know how I could wait to see. It could be something for someone who is no relation, but it could be something special just for me..."  This is the longest show that the band had ever done up until this point.  We get yet another variation on "Mr Cellophane", this time as a unique acapella rendition between "You’re Pretty Good Looking" and "Hello Operator." Instead of "Death Letter", there is the combination of "Stop Breaking Down" into "Little Bird." "Look Me Over Closely" gets a one-time quote of "Razzle Dazzle" from Chicago as an opener, and this show features both "Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine" and "Hypnotize" - one of the few to feature both songs in the same show, alongside covers of "Clarabella", "Small Faces", and an absolutely stunning rendition of "Five String Serenade" by Arthur Lee as a bookend to an excellent "Offend In Every Way." There are songs spanning all 4 albums here, played one after another after another.  By the time they get to "Boll Weevil", Jack gives a laugh, acknowledging "This is the last verse of the last song of the night!"  Unlike the previous two nights, there isn't much between song banter here. Not much else to say here that the music doesn't already make crystal clear.  A truly inspired performance that sets the bar for the rest of the Elephant tour.  An absolute must hear.

Reviews

AK 5/24/2023 11:55:41 AM

"I'd say this is probably the "best" 2003 show posted to date. The mix really balances out during Dead Leaves and packs a punch, but most importantly, the show is electric. Highly recommend it for fans and new listeners."

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Setlist at Live at Vega, Copenhagen, DEN on May 15, 2003

Set One

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground 174

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Black Math 182

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Take a Whiff On Me 49

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I Think I Smell a Rat 95

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Jolene 206

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The Hardest Button to Button 235

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Lord, Send Me An Angel 179

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Hotel Yorba 127

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You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl) 111

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Mr. Cellophane 88

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Hello Operator 138

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In The Cold, Cold Night 189

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Good To Me 150

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I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother's Heart 202

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Stop Breakin' Down Blues 298

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Little Bird 242

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Seven Nation Army 265

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Apple Blossom 121

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Razzle Dazzle 14

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Look Me Over Closely 131

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Girl, You Have No Faith in Medicine 171

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We're Going To Be Friends 134

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I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself 157

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Offend In Every Way 166

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Five String Serenade 124

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Hypnotize 126

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Lafayette Blues 127

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Ball And Biscuit 354

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This Protector 108

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Sugar Never Tasted So Good 175

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Screwdriver 487

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Let’s Shake Hands 103

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Clarabella 126

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Small Faces 164

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The Union Forever 260

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Boll Weevil 264

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