For my correspondent, Julie of the Jimmy Page Doll 360 Project, here's the wonderful and high quality on-line set From the Basement : Live : The Dead Weather.
Nice stage set, and I love Alison's clothing style in particular. Everyone wearing black, check, desaturated video, check, black amps, check. Some moron has allowed a red light to glow on their amps, but I'm sure he or she's been fired and the light has been replaced with the correct black light that lights up black to let you know when it's juiced. (I'd also recommend Jack to change his name, but since Jack Black is taken, he'd have to go with with Black Jack.)
Enjoy this for as long as From the Basement have it on the web.
Many reviews have compared TDW to LZ. I wasn't convinced, but then I've been a Led Zeppelin fan since 1971. It's not like I just looked them up on iTunes last month, and I'm very familiar with the Led Zeppelin that doesn't sound like Dead Weather. Tangerine, for instance, or about uh, 80% of their songs.
If I had to explain The Dead Weather in Zeppelin terms to a long-term LZ fan, I'd say The Dead Weather is what Led Zeppelin would have been like if they'd never met Robert Plant, Jimmy Page was a cracking lead singer in full Dark Lord mode and they had a rather prettier and more rhythmically-inclined Peter Grant on drums. (Though JW would be a Grant who never met his Richard Cole, for which I am truly grateful.) John Paul Jones in this new band would have to give up writing riffs that boggle the mind (like Black Dog, although I admit that song has a great Dead Weather-style name) and instead stick to big-ass riffs that alternate two or at most three notes from a regular blues scale. And be the guitarist/organist. And the bassist would be Lori Maddox with a flat iron, glasses and bass guitar chops.
The most deadweathery expression on Jimmy Page I could find