The White Stripes have shared pro-shot footage of “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” from the band’s April 27th, 2003 performance at Coachella. The footage of the band performing the well-known rock tune was featured in the famous pop festival’s new 20 Years In The Desert documentary, which premiered via YouTube this past Friday.
The band’s performance of the lead track off 2001’s White Blood Cells appeared halfway through the duo’s 18-song set that night, as part of what was then just the fourth year of the festival’s existence.
The newly-released footage showcases a then-27-year-old Jack White and his former wife Meg White as they tear through the distortion-driven minimalist rock track in front of a reported 60,000 fans, which was the largest Coachella crowd to that point. In addition to the delight of seeing the two in their trademark red and white performance attire again, fans will also notice the vast differences in camera cinematography compared to today’s high-production techniques.
Though the video is considered pro-shot in quality, there were no cranes or slider dolly tracks utilized to capture the smooth shots seen on festival webcasts these days. The footage holds up, however, as the hand-held professional camera footage delivers a DIY-like style reminiscent of the bygone days of rock.
Relive the band’s 2003 performance below.
The White Stripes – “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” – Coachella 2003
Earlier this month White’s Third Man Records confirmed a second season of episodes for the Striped: The Story Of The White Stripes podcast.