With crowds to the rafters of the historic Babcock theatre and a light show that reminded of Clockwork Orange, The Dead Weather’s sold-out performance on July 26 in Billings was packed with chaotic sounds that were epically jolting—a sensory assault of shrill lights and dark, pummeling rock. The performance dropped jaws.
Frontwoman Alison Mosshart is a back-bending superhero of screeching feminine prowess. A Joan Jet meets Karen O fembot, Mosshart is a bionic force live.
The Dead Weather, a project of Jack White (of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), recently announced a tour that includes July and August dates throughout the country and a stop in Billings on July 26. The band, of Nashville, Tennessee, travels from Portland, Ore. to Billings to Minneapolis, making the Billings date one of the few in the upper west.
The Dead Weather debuted at the opening of the physical location of White’s record label, Third Man Records (also the label that houses The Dead Weather), in Nashville in 2009. White joined forces with Alison Mosshart (of The Kills) on vocals and guitar, Jack Lawrence (of The Raconteurs) on bass and drums, and Dena Fertial (of Queens of the Stone Age) on guitar and organ. The band is an intense energy of talents, an acute rock/blues fusion that leans on the talents of White and Mosshart’s musical chemistry. Their second album, “Sea of Cowards,” was released May 11.
The Dead Weather will perform July 26 at the Babcock Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. The performance is open to all ages and general admission tickets are available at Rimrock Mall, Ernie November, by phone at (800) 514-3849, or online www.tickets300.com.