The White Stripes’ record label, Third Man Records, have said that they will release previously unforeseen footage from two New Zealand performances. The release is in aid of the 2012 Record Store Day, which will take place on April 21st and will consist of a mass of worldwide releases, and excite nearly everyone. The Third Man Records’ initial release consists of the tracks Hand Springs and Red Death at 6:14, which will be released on a cool 7″45 black and red swirled vinyl, which is a necessity to any budding record collector. The press release about the footage states:
The bonus item for this Vault package is a DVD of the White Stripes titled Under New Zealand Lights. Made up of two different performances by the band on separate trips to the island nation, we find them performing at the King’s Arms in Auckland in November 2000. This is some of the earliest known footage of the White Stripes outside North America (it was their first international tour) and finds them confident and captivating before an unexpectant crowd.
Come October 2003 and the White Stripes were slightly more known, but still in front of a crowd they had to work considerably to win over. The audience was the student population of Freeman’s Bay Primary School. Jack and Meg provided a nice primer on American blues history and the kids seemed to enjoy themselves in this sweet, innocent performance that has been kept mostly under-wraps in the nine years since it took place.