Despite kicking things off over 10 months ago, Jack White has just wrapped up his massive world tour on supply chain issues and recently wrapped up the Asian leg of the tour with a performance at the Zepp Kuala Lumpur Stadium in Malaysia.
Although the gig featured many mainstays from White’s 2022 setlist – including tracks from his two new albums, fear of dawn and Enter alive in paradise – the White Stripes legend also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the pioneers of grunge Nirvana with a cover of their 1993 track, heart shaped box.
It featured quite early on the setlist and followed two cuts from White Stripes – Dead leaves and dirty ground and When I hear my name – with White opting for its crazy custom blue Fender Jazzmaster for the occasion.
Captured via fan footage, White used his unique lag for a swampy version of Nirvana’s number, and layered in a fair amount of gain to deliver the speaker-shattering chorus punches.
Despite using his unique Jazzmaster, White decided against utilizing the guitar’s built-in pitch shifting powers, instead keeping things sonically streamlined and relatively true to the original Cobain and co cut.
For those wishing to see the wild six-string in action, White has already demonstrated its tonal capabilities on numerous occasions. The experimental equipment hero first took to Instagram in a bid to make Tom Morello jealous, before putting the guitar through its paces during his secret Glastonbury Festival set.
The Jazzmaster is just one of the many crazy instruments White has taken on the road with him. White’s guitar arsenal is also a Custom Blue Glitter Telecastera unique Acoustasonic Jazzmaster, a Tele fretless bass and a single Acoustasonic Telecaster. All these guitars could be seen in action during White’s set at the Paris Olympia earlier this year.
White’s interpretation of heart shaped box wasn’t the only cover on the setlist. Shortly after, he offered attendees a version of U2 Love is blind. The guitar star also scoured his extensive repertoire, performing tunes from his other bands, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.