Stephen Colbert hosts Jack White

If the interviews on The Colbert Report have suffered a bit in the last couple of years, it’s because the guests, too often, attempt to smirk their way through their interviews, matching Stephen Colbert joke-for-joke. It never works, and it loses the show’s early electricity, in which everyone would talk to Colbert with a sense of vague antipathy. Last night’s guest Jack White and Colbert have plenty of history together; they released a single together last year. And White deserves credit for knowing that the best Colbert interviews are the slightly hostile one. In a fun twist, the two did the interview backstage on last night’s show, and then White emerged with his all-male band to perform an absolutely ferocious version of the Blunderbuss track “Freedom At 21.” Watch the interview and the performance below.

Blunderbuss is out now on Third Man/Columbia. Tune in to Jack White’s VEVO tonight to watch a live stream of his NYC show, directed by Gary Oldman, as part of American Express Unstaged.

Comments (4)
  1. That song has almost the same riff as Seven Nation Army

  2. The sound here is a million times better than when Jack was on SNL, which is great for Colbert and sad for SNL.

  3. I love that band. His chick band isn’t bad either

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