Jack White Douses Kanye West’s ‘Black Skinhead’ in the Blues
Third Man boss takes the stage to a rootsy rendition of the 'Yeezus' cut
In an otherwise controversial interview with Rolling Stone, Jack White said that he was nearly involved in the making of Kanye West’s Yeezus and praised one of ‘Ye’s recent performances as “more punk, more in-your-face” than anything he’d ever seen. As Consequence of Sound points out, his affection for Kanye has now manifested itself in a rootsy cover of “Black Skinhead,” which opened the Lazaretto man’s June 26 show in Dublin.
White himself doesn’t appear to get involved in the cover until his band circles back to it after his own “High Ball Stepper,” but his live crew still rips through a bluesy rendition of the iconic instrumental even without him. Like White’s Glastonbury cover of “Enter Sandman,” he doesn’t go as far as attempting any of the vocals — but he did attempt a full rendition of the folk standard “Goodnight, Irene” with the Kills later in the set (at least until a curfew forced the gig to end early).
The fan-shot video above features a full 16 minutes of White’s Dublin show, but the cover of “Black Skinhead” starts at the very beginning.