The White Stripes Release First Performance from 1997 Live on DVD

The White Stripes have released six studio albums since their self-titled debut record in 1999, which was distributed through Sympathy for the Record Industry.

In addition the their discography, the magnetic musical duo has released four video albums, one extended play, six live albums, and a whopping 29 singles, of which include several non-album tracks.

Now front man Jack White and drummer Meg White are set to release their first performance live on DVD. The First Show: Live on Bastille Day was recorded on July 14, 1997 as a poart of The Gold Dollar Detroit’s open mic night in Detroit, Michigan – where the band originated from.

The live DVD, which is available now for purchase and streaming leisure, comes as a part of The White Stripes’ 20th anniversary. Sold as a set of three tracks, The First Show: Live on Bastille Day, features a cover of the classic hit “Love Potion No. 9,” originally recorded by The Clovers, and includes two songs off their 1999 debut album which are titled “St. James Infirmary” and “Jimmy the Exploder.”

Third Man Records, the independent music label Jack White formed in 2001, originally released the audio from the live DVD as a seven-inch vinyl as their Vault Package Number 13. In celebration of twenty years a band, [Jack] White’s label (who has signed acts such as The Dead Weather, Carl Sagan, and Smoke Fairies) plans on releasing a number of material throughout the remaining course of the year.

In September of 2016, Jack White released a video for The White Stripes’ song “City Lights” in promotion Acoustic Recordings 1998-1996 that featured exclusive never-before-heard songs from his time with the band and his solo work, and his associated project Raconteurs.

The video was directed by French director and screenwriter Michael Gondry, who won multiple awards for his work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and The Science of Sleep (2006.)

Re-watch “City Lights” below.

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