Way back in 2006, before web video series featuring live performances were the norm,
La Blogothèque launched a series called Take Away Shows which brings musicians to
public places for beautiful and intimate sessions. Over the past eight years Arcade
Fire, Phoenix, Bon Iver and Alabama Shakes have been among the many acts that have
performed as part of the Take Away Shows series. Today, the latest installment has
been posted and it features Jack White and three members of his band performing at the
historic Château de Fontainebleau in Paris.
Take Away Shows installments are known for their artistry and aesthetics and the Jack
White episode continues that trend. Jack, Lillie Mae Rische, Dominic Davis and Fats
Kaplin perform the White Stripes classic "The Same Boy You've Always Known" in the
surreal environs of Saint-Saturnin Chapel within Château de Fontainebleau. Then, Jack
and Lillie Mae tackle "Entitlement" off the recently-released Lazaretto LP
sitting on a perch towards the top of Fontainebleau Castle. Watch:
Here's the write up on the clip on La Blogothèque:
Walking through the Fontainebleau castle’s grandeur, the privilege of being alone
in this place steeped in history was not lost on any of us, nor was the honor of
watching Jack White sat in a corner, casually playing on his old guitar.
The June afternoon went by too quickly and left us feeling that what just happened
wasn’t real life. That Jack never really walked through the heavy door of the Saint-
Saturnin Chapel. That his voice, so wonderfully familiar, and yet so intimidating at
the same time, never really echoed against the stained-glass windows. His and Lillie
Mae’s boots never treaded upon the stairs to the rooftop of the castle, and their
eyes never gazed upon the astonishing alignment of its formal French gardens while
singing an amazing strip down version of “Entitlement.”
All this could have been a dream if “The Same Boy You’ve Always Known” hadn’t then
lingered, haunting the chapel long after Jack White’s departure.
The bells began to ring as we were leaving, pulsating through our every fibre and
signalling the end to a day we still weren’t entirely sure happened. With their
vibrations still lingering through our bones, we gave a collective last look over
what had, only moments prior, been the scene of the most surreal Take Away Show we’ve
ever done. As we closed the chapel doors and walk away, I swear I could hear Jack’s
footsteps behind us.