Third Man Records is excited to announce the 58th installment of their Vault series with The White Stripes - Live in Las Vegas. The 3xLP set captures a blistering 2003 Las Vegas set at The Joint (at the Hard Rock Casino), all freshly remastered and pressed to red, white, and black vinyl. The set also includes a bonus 7” featuring Bob Dylan’s 2004 performance of perennial White Stripes favorite “Ball and Biscuit” featuring Jack White, and on the flip side, the first-ever performance of the track. All of this is accompanied by a patch, a bumper sticker, and art prints by The White Stripes’ frequent collaborator Rob Jones. Sign up is open now through October 31 at midnight CST.
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September 2003 was a moment of transition. Not two months prior, the entire existence of the White Stripes was nervously put on hold as Jack White recovered (quickly) from a car crash broken finger, the effects of which had the potential to be catastrophic. Ultimately it only briefly inhibited him from playing the D minor chord on guitar.
Once back into the swing of things, with the profile of the band continuing to rise in the wake of Elephant’s release, the shows started to take on a life of their own. Whereas the performances had always been compelling and engaging, this return to stage found the band measurably more ferocious. The unplanned respite, however fleeting, was just the right timing to give Jack and Meg perspective, catch their breaths, and hit back like a fucking rocket.
In the midst of the run of shows in September 2003, a promotional idea was cooked up by the team at V2 Records – 40 or so fans would be flown out to the White Stripes show at the Joint (at the Hard Rock Casino) in Las Vegas, get a meet-and-greet with the band, and then some time afterward be presented with a vinyl pressing of that evening’s show.
The original pressing is sparse to say the least. With no printed artwork, tracklisting or even credits “The White Stripes Live In Las Vegas” rubber-stamped on the labels is the only true identifier on this record. A dip through the original paperwork shows only 100 copies were ever pressed, all at United Record Pressing in Nashville.
In celebration of twenty years since the performance, the 58th Vault package from Third Man Records is the first-ever commercially available pressing of the White Stripes triple LP Live In Las Vegas.
Consider this snapshot of the night…Josh Hartnett, Steve Mcdonald, Darryl Hannah, Scott Caan and Josh Klinghoffer were all there, not necessarily together or gambling. Soledad Brothers and Whirlwind Heat tore it up as the opening bands, and the Stripes’ set itself was spectacular. The unpredictable moments electrify…an off-the-cuff take of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” to a mid-set abandonment of “Offend In Every Way” because of its reliance upon the D minor chord and an opportune tease of “Mary Had A Little Lamb” imbue the evening with spontaneous joy. Songs from Elephant had taken shape as muscled, taut beasts of energy as the blasting jolt of pure rock and roll lava via “The Hardest Button To Button” testifies. All these factors make this night stick out as measurably better than the rest.
The White Stripes
Live In Las Vegas
3 x 180-gram colored vinyl LPs
- Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
- When I Hear My Name
- Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly)
- St. James Infirmary Blues (traditional)
- Black Math
- The Big Three Killed My Baby
- I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother’s Heart
- Death Letter (Son House)
- Take A Whiff On Me (traditional)
- In The Cold, Cold Night
- Wasting My Time
- I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Burt Bacharach / Hal David)
- Offend In Every Way (incomplete)
- The Union Forever
- Seven Nation Army
- You’ve Got Her In Your Pocket
- I Think I Smell A Rat
- Look Me Over Closely (Terry Gilkyson / Marelene Dietrich)
- Mary Had A Little Lamb (traditional)
- Cannon (reprise)
- Ball And Biscuit
- The Hardest Button To Button
- You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
- Hello Operator
- We’re Going To Be Friends
- Hotel Yorba
- Fell In Love With A Girl
- Your Southern Can Is Mine (Blind Willie McTell)
- Boll Weevil (Leadbelly)
- Ball And Biscuit (live March 17th, 2004) - Bob Dylan & Jack White
- Ball And Biscuit (live May 2nd, 2002) - The White Stripes