The White Stripes open O2 Wireless

The Hyde Park festival kicks off in style

Photographer:Michael Cox

15 June 2007

After several warm up gigs in London this week, including a special show for pensioners, Meg and Jack got back to what they do best - wowing crowds of thousands.

The pair played three songs from their forthcoming album 'Icky Thump'; the first single of the same name, 'I'm Slowly Turning Into You' and 'A Martyr For My Love For You'.

The rest of the set was made up from classics from their previous five albums with highlights including
'I Think I Smell A Rat', 'Hotel Yorba' and 'The Denial Twist'.

Playing to a packed Hyde Park, The White Stripes also performed their traditional covers 'Jolene' and 'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself' before closing with crowd favourite 'Seven Nation Army' and walking off stage hand in hand.

Jack said little during the hour and a half performance, but did make reference to the brilliance of Queens Of The Stone Age, who played beforehand and went about building up an awesome set. New songs 'Sick Sick Sick' and 'Into The Hollow' mixed well with old classics such as 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer', 'Little Sister' and 'Go With The Flow'.

Other highlights of the opening day came during Satellite Party's set when Perry Farrell launched into Jane's Addiction classic 'Been Caught Stealing' - it at least went some way to make up for the fact he was wearing a corset. 

Polytechnic played a summery headline set in the Tuborg Stage, which was earlier packed out by hotly tipped band The Lea Shores, while The Bees and Air both put in good performances in the XFM Tent.

But it was The White Stripes who stole the show on the opening night of the O2 Wireless Festival in London. Their set list was as follows:

'Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground'
'When I Hear My Name'
'Hotel Yorba'
'Icky Thump'
'I'm Slowly Turning Into You'
'I Think I Smell A Rat'
'I'm A Martyr For My Love For You'
'Death Letter'/'The Big Three Killed My Baby'
'In The Cold Cold Night'
'Jolene'
'Ball & Biscuit'
'Blue Orchid'

'The Denial Twist'
'I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself'
'We're Going To Be Friends'
'Seven Nation Army'

The White Stripes play Harewood House tonight (Friday) for the opening night of O2 Wireless Festival in Leeds, while Faithless play the second night in London.


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