Jack White At 2014 Forecastle Music Festival

Jack White has been getting pretty loose and freeform with his setlists recently, and he’s been trigger-happy with the covers. At one recent Dublin show, for instance, he covered Beck, the Stooges, and Kanye West. And during his headlining set at Louisville, Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival this past weekend, he tried out Jay Z’s “99 Problems,” segueing straight from the White Stripes’ noise-bomb “Icky Thump” into the iconic track. (By cover, I pretty much mean that he quoted the “99 Problems” chorus mid-solo.) White has recorded music with Jay in the recent past, but given that that music was scrapped, this may be the closest we’ll ever come to hear a Jack White/Jay Z collab. And, more impressively, near the end of that extended “Icky Thump,” White broke into Dick Dale’s 1962 surf-guitar classic “Misirlou,” which you probably know as the song from the Pulp Fiction opening credits. Watch a fan-made video below.

White’s new album Lazaretto is out now on Third Man/Columbia.

[Photo by Taylor Hill/Stereogum.]

Comments (5)
  1. From what little I know of Jack’s personal life this doesn’t seem to be the case.

  2. Jack White is pretty cool. Dick Dale is fucking cool.

  3. That show was freaking awesome! He also covered Hank Sr. Where’s the video of that?

  4. Looks like White is still a decent live draw.

  5. Hey, just a correction here, the song is originally an old greek song, first recording in 1927.

    Dick Dale’s version is a very successful cover

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWei99ZQBhQ

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