Memories of The White Stripes playing at school
Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:54p.m.
By Ali Ikram
It was the day the White Stripes played at an Auckland Primary school.
Freeman's Bay Primary is a school in central Auckland of around 420 students.
A lot of great things happen there every day but the October 7 2003 was special, so much so they're still talking about it.
I don't know what people remember from when they were seven, but there are some days that are unforgettable.
Former Freeman’s Bay pupil Otto Thiry remembers bits of the day the White Stripes came to school.
“Not a lot, just the teachers telling us a band was playing so we just lined up and watched.”
He had no idea who the band was at the time.
Jack White introduced the band.
"My sister and I are going to sing about a hotel in our city of Detroit, it's called ‘Hotel Yorba’."
And there they were, the White Stripes, a few months after their album Elephant hit number one in the UK, and a few months before picking up two Grammys - playing an Auckland primary school.
Teacher Susan Ye enjoyed it.
“It was a blast, we had a full stage with the children standing up dancing. It was loud I think the neighbours heard it. It was really good."
Teacher Whaea Machelle also remembers the day.
“It was loud, I don't even know who they were so I wasn't as thrilled as Malcolm was."
Malcolm was the principal in those days, a massive fan who jumped at the chance to have Meg and Jack play when he found out the band wanted to play an elementary school - as they call it in the US.
The full footage of the concert will be played at Real Groovy record store on Thursday.
Otto is 15 now and plays the bass. He reckons seeing the White Stripes at such a young age changed things for him.
"What did it do? It made me realise a lot of music more, I was into music before but a lot more after."
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