Jack White Taking The Raconteurs Out For A Summer Spin

White Stripes frontman's other band other band will play Lollapalooza during its brief outing.

The Jack White-led Raconteurs will be stretching their road legs this summer with a month of North American dates beginning on July 16 at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium. The dozen gigs announced so far include a stop at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on August 4, and are currently slated to conclude with an August 6 set in Cleveland.

The band's 10-song debut, Broken Boy Soldiers, hit stores Tuesday (May 16) and drummer Patrick Keeler said even though the album clocks in at a mere 33 minutes, the group will expand the arrangements, play a few covers and likely have a couple of new songs worked up by the time they hit the road. "A lot of the songs on the album, listening back to them, could have been longer," said bassist Jack Lawrence, who, along with Keeler, plays in the Cincinnati garage-rock group the Greenhornes. "We'll stretch out a lot of them when we play live." The group also features Detroit singer/songwriter Brendan Benson (see "Jack White: Don't Call The Raconteurs A Side Project").

Lawrence and Keeler have known White for many years — he produced one of their early singles ("Shadow of Grief") and they were part of the backing band on 2004's White-produced Loretta Lynn album, Van Lear Rose (see "Jack White Surprises Loretta Lynn By Cranking Up The Country") — so even though the pair will be playing before the biggest audiences of their careers, they said they're not phased by the attention.

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"Thankfully, we've had some time to get used to the way people treat Jack," said Keeler, whose band opened for the White Stripes in 2005. "When we're up there together, it's not like that. He's just Jack. Sometimes, afterwards it gets a bit weird when we see people take a shine to Jack that seems slightly unnecessary. I've always been the biggest White Stripes and Brendan Benson fan, so for me it's just an opportunity to be in a band with these guys and play some music."

The Raconteurs will also play a free show on May 18 at the Tower Records in New York's Greenwich Village, with passes handed out to fans who buy a copy of the album on Tuesday (May 16) on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Raconteurs dates, according to the band's spokesperson:

  • 7/16 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
  • 7/18 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
  • 7/19 - San Diego, CA @ SOMA
  • 7/21 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theatre
  • 7/23 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
  • 7/25 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
  • 7/26 - Vancouver, BC @ Malkin Bowl
  • 7/27 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
  • 8/3 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
  • 8/4 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
  • 8/5 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theatre
  • 8/6 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues