And by “your” I mean “my”. My world is complete. If you are like me, then those two names are synonymous with awe, reverence, and wonder in your house. Here is one of those weird Hollywood instances where two bodies of awesome just happen to collide out of the blue.
For some reason, delightful weirdo and musical genius Jack White thought enigmatic acting genius Gary Oldman would be perfect to direct the live internet broadcast of his sold out Webster Hall concert this coming April 27th.
Two things to note here. One: Jack White’s new album Blunderbuss (streaming now and available for pre-order on iTunes) is due out a few days before this momentous event, on the 24th. Two: Gary Oldman will be in New York, at Webster Hall in a control room, deciding what you will see if you are (like me) unfortunate enough not to have been able to secure a ticket.
Comfort yourself with a listen at White’s latest single, “Freedom at 21” which came to many by way of mini-helium balloon. Long story is weird bruh. But this is grand, swag-heavy rock n’roll in all its unkempt glory.
[LISTEN] “Freedom at 21” by Jack White
Oldman, as it turns out, is a fan of White’s (in awe of his two man band outfit The White Stripes) and White is a fan of his. White seems like a character Oldman could have played in his wile youth. But how did this come about? Pretty unremarkably.
“It just fell from the sky. Occasionally you get calls and they just drop in. I didn’t have to think very quickly about it. I just said, ‘Yeah, that sounds very good.’ ” [NY Times]
Both men at times seem intense and surreal. Oldman mostly through the various faces he’s worn for the screen, and White through his many critically scrutinized (yet ultimately acclaimed) forays into various side-projects before this final leap to solo-hood. So, it makes sense. Sort of.
The concert is the latest live performance being streamed for the American Express Unstaged series on VEVO/Youtube. Oldman has done some directing, but never a live internet broadcast, so we’ll see how this goes down. However it does, many predict it will garner record-breaking hits.
This obsession with Jack White and his genius has only been getting worse. (This video is currently to blame, though he had me at “Fell In Love With A Girl”) Now they’ve gone and thrown Oldman in the mix. Oldman, whom I’ve loved since his deranged and sweaty turn in The Professional. These people, they know what they’re doing.
Jack White at Webster Hall streams Friday, April 27th at 9pm PT on VEVO. Blunderbuss (Third Man Records) drops April 24th.