June will see the return of both to the Crescent City.

Jack White by Cherie LeJeune photo
Jack White at Voodoo by Cherie LeJeune

Last week, Jack White announced the June 10 release of his new album, Lazaretto. Yesterday, he announced a tour that will come to the Saenger Theater on June 3. It will be his first appearance in New Orleans since his excellent show at Voodoo in 2012:

The set started with a ferocious, wreckless version of "16 Saltines" from Blunderbuss, and one of the charms of the show was that nothing on the night was too close to the recorded original. White could be a little extreme when his vocal mannerisms kicked in, but he offered a genuinely live show, not only with his intensity and guitar heroics, but as he revised songs from across his catalogue for the occasion, pulling Raconteurs, The Dead Weather and White Stripes songs into the mix. In most cases, it's clearer live than on record the debt he owes to the British blues rock heroes of the '70s, and the nods to The Faces that show up in Raconteurs songs were all over the place Sunday. Zeppelinisms? Too numerous to mention.  

Tickets go on sale as follows: 

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, April 11, at JackWhiteiii.com. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Third Man's Vault at 10 a.m. local time on Wednesday, April 9. For further information, see the itinerary below and visit JackWhiteiii.com.


Paul McCartney will return to New Orleans for the first time since 2002 to play the Smoothie King Center on June 19. When the tour played Brooklyn last year, RollingStone.com wrote:

His age was a topic on the lips of many fans. All throughout the night fans were asking each other exactly how old he is, and others simply looked it up on their phones and seemed stunned by Wikipedia's answer. He's a walking billboard for vegetarianism, and even though he's lost a bit of his upper range, his voice remains remarkably powerful. He barely seemed to be sweating by the end of the two-and-a-half-hour show, though many fans did look a bit worn out.

The energy level was even more remarkable during the encores. "Day Tripper," "Helter Skelter" and "Get Back" were all blistering, while a blissful "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End," wrapped everything up perfectly.

Tickets will be on sale Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. local time.