MUCH has changed since 2004.
But thankfully the raucous, riotous guitar strains of American star Jack White have been pretty much unaffected since his last visit to Bridlington Spa with his then band, The White Stripes.
Thousands of fans crammed into the Royal Hall to hear White power through songs from his deb-ut album Blunderbuss, side projects The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, as well as classic White Stripes-era hits.
Before White took to the stage, support act Willy Moon warmed up the waiting masses with a slick, high- tempo set which skewed 50s rock ’n’ roll with modern electronic and hip-hop production methods.
Immaculately suited, Moon was joined by his drummer, catsuit clad guitarist and a man behind a mixing desk feeding samples and loops into the songs throughout.
New Zealand-born Moon belted out his riff laden set, which included iPod advert theme Yeah Yeah, with commendable energy.
Although promising, Moon’s affected American accent when chatting to fans between songs, and jerky, thrusting, choreographed dance moves gave the impression that he was trying a bit too hard.
Then it was time for Jack White.
After a gentle reminder from the band to enjoy the performance rather than spend the evening jostling with each other to record a video clip on their mobile phones, White burst on to the stage with his five-piece backing band.
Starting with a cover of Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited, White then thundered straight in to White Stripes fan favourite Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground.
White and his talented band – bassist/double bassist, drummer, keyboardist, steel guitar/violinist and harmonicist/pianist – sped up and slowed down songs, extended solos, and segued seamlessly from old to new material, maintaining a bluesy, jamming session atmosphere throughout.
Leaving the stage to rapturous applause after more than an hour, fans chanted for White to return to the stage and he did so in style, running through White Stripes classics My Doorbell and We’re Gonna Be Friends.
The icing on the cake was White’s last song, Seven Nation Army.
With a riff so catchy even non-fans would instantly recognise it, The White Stripes’ best-known single was given a much deeper, fuller sound when complimented with bass, keyboard and steel guitar.
It was a fitting end to the performance of an artist at the top of his game.