Jack White has won nine Grammy Awards and had multiple No. 1 albums, but the White Stripes rocker is still not quite a household name for many people, as his ability to shun the spotlight is almost as proficient as his songwriting skills.
Still, just about everyone in the universe is familiar with Jack White’s work, even if his name might not ring a bell. The White Stripes’ garage-rock song “Seven Nation Army” has become a ubiquitous sports anthem, with fans all across the world chanting its infectious bass line, “Ohhhh, OH-OH oh ohhhh ohhhh,” to encourage their favorite teams. It was everywhere during the NBA Finals, and turn on any World Cup game and you’ll hear it within five minutes.
White – who burst into the rock-‘n’-roll scene’s consciousness in 2001 with the White Stripes’ third album, “White Blood Cells,” and its hit “Fell In Love With a Girl” – hits the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater for two concerts on Sept. 21 and 22 in support of his new, chart-topping solo album, “Lazaretto,” and its swaggering, instrumental single, “High Ball Stepper.” It should prove to be a dynamic, mesmerizing show, a rare chance to see a supreme talent and his explosive guitar playing up close in an intimate venue.
It’s anyone’s guess what White will choose to perform over the two nights: He’s become one of those musical forces that’s impossible to pigeonhole, despite his lo-fi, indie-rock beginnings. The singer-songwriter and guitarist can do more with three fuzzed-out chords and a beat than previously thought possible, but has also branched out to embrace folk, blues and even country (his work with country queen Loretta Lynn on her 2004 album “Van Lear Rose” won them both Grammys). White also collaborated with R&B princess Alicia Keys on the James Bond theme song “Another Way to Die,” and with hip-hop producer Danger Mouse and sultry jazz chanteuse Norah Jones on the album “Rome.”
There are also compelling side projects such as The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather that are worth a mention, but it’s his White Stripes favorites and solo material – including White’s other No. 1 effort, 2012’s “Blunderbuss” featuring the singles “Freedom at 21” and “I’m Shakin’” – that are likely to make up the bulk of the set lists. Whatever he may choose to play, however, one thing is clear: Even a seven nation army couldn’t hold him back.
Tickets ($62.50 general admission, $82.50 reserved seating) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 27 through LiveNation.com.