The White Stripes Share First-Ever TV Appearance

The White Stripes’ second album De Stijl turns 20 this month. To celebrate the event, Third Man Records is releasing a special version of the record that comes with bonus tour footage as part of the Third Man Subscription vault. In addition to this, The White Stripes recently shared their first-ever TV appearance.

The band’s small screen debut took place on Detriot’s public access show Backstage Pass where the band plays “Apple Blossom” and their cover of ’60s Son House’s “Death Letter.”

“In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of De Stijl, watch The White Stripes (Jack White & Meg White) perform ‘Apple Blossom’ & ‘Death Letter’ Live on Detroit Public TV’s ‘Backstage Pass’ from May 28, 2000,” reads the video description.

It’s funny to look back on a time before The White Stripes became one of the most groundbreaking bands in rock. No one had any idea just how impactful their music would become. Watch the performance below.

Pre-order the anniversary version of De Stijl here.

Ashley Perez Hollingsworth

Ashley Perez is a freelance music journalist based in Chicago. Her work has appeared on AXS, The Crypt 1331, Chicago Innerview, New City, The Millions, and Reality-Comics. She also runs her own music blog at Radio Not Found. Some of her favorite bands include Nirvana, The Cure, Muse, Marilyn Manson, and Green Day.

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