The White Stripes
Live at Vega
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.
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."
Setlist at Live at Vega, Copenhagen, DEN on May 15, 2003
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