Sizzling duo White Stripes here for one show tomorrow

Currently hot on the international rock circuit, White Stripes passes through Athens for one show tomorrow at the Olympic Beach Volleyball facility in Faliron. It comes as the latest in the series of G Fest events at the venue this summer. Despite its guitar-and-drums line-up, the Detroit minimalist rock duo has swiftly established a reputation as an extremely fervent performer. Formed in 1997 with the idea of making simple rock ‘n’ roll music, Jack White, the band’s vocalist and guitarist, and Meg White, the drummer, have reached star status. White’s impressive flair and versatility in a variety of styles, ranging from old folk blues and pop to rock’s more warped side, often within just a few minutes, either on stage or record, has been instrumental in building this act’s fame. Besides the hits, such as «Seven Nation Army» and «The Hardest Button to Button,» recent set lists have included surprising covers, among them «Jolene,» the song made famous by Dolly Parton, and Burt Bacharach’s «I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.» Old blues tracks, like Tommy Johnson’s «Cool Drink of Water» – it was covered by the post-punk band The Gun Club, an act revered by White Stripes, 25 years ago – are a staple. Expressing his respect for The Gun Club and its late leader, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, White has often advised fans to forsake his band and look out for old Gun Club albums. Tomorrow’s bill also includes The Coral, Sons and Daughters and local act Sunny Baltzi and Santa Fila. Doors open at 6.30 p.m.

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