Billie Eilish is undoubtedly one of the hottest acts in the world right now. The 17-year-old is due to embark on a world tour next year and it sold 500,000 tickets within the first hour. Eilish is the next chapter of music and a previous protagonist in the story, Jack White, knows it.
He invited Eilish to perform an acoustic set at his Third Man Records last night for a small audience in Nashville. What transpired was a look into the future using the methods of the past as Eilish, alongside her brother and collaborator Finneas O’Connell, played a set for an invite-only crowd. She will go on to make the gig a live album.
Introduced by White, who said the singer was “someone we really love, and we think is really innovative and inspiring.” She did him proud, too. Despite her sound feeling as far removed from an acoustic set as one is likely to get, Eilish took the opportunity with both hands showing off her wonderful vocal.
Among the acoustic highlights of the 11 track set, were ‘Ocean Eyes’ (one of her first songs, recorded when she was 14), ‘Bury a Friend’ and ‘I Love You.’ She also performed her biggest hit, ‘Bad Guy’ a song which she did stumble over, and produced a wry smile as she did.
Before playing the set-closing ‘When The Party’s Over,’ Eilish thanked White and Third Man for hosting them and “inspiring a whole generation of people to do what they want.”
“All I ask is we all try to be just happy we’re alive, and happy that we’re breathing. That we’re here and we’re safe. That’s pretty much it, for us to all be grateful that we’re here right now.”