Jack White‘s sold-out gig at New York’s Madison Square Garden Friday night turned into an all-star affair as the Lazaretto rocker brought out A Tribe Called Quest‘s Q-Tip during the encore. On top of that, Run the Jewels, White’s opening act and the duo behind Rolling Stone‘s Best Rap Album of 2014, had their own surprise guest in store for the MSG stage: Rage Against the Machine‘s Zack de la Rocha.
After performing a dozen-song set that jumped between solo work, White Stripes tracks and a pair of Raconteurs tunes, White opened up his encore with Lazaretto‘s “The Black Bat Licorice.” Midway through the song, White stepped to the microphone to introduce “New York’s own” Q-Tip, who joined White for the remainder of the song.
White’s band then seamlessly locked into the groove of “Excursions,” the opening track off A Tribe Called Quest’s landmark The Low End Theory, with White painting the performance with some six-string flourishes and giving the track a more rock-edge. The Q-Tip appearance came two nights after White recruited Loretta Lynn for his Nashville concert.
However, the biggest surprise of the night came before the majority of the Madison Square Garden crowd even hit their seats as Zack de la Rocha made a rare live appearance to help El-P and Killer Mike deliver their collaborative Run the Jewels 2 cut “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck).”
While this isn’t the first time the Rage Against the Machine rapper had joined Run the Jewels onstage – he also performed with the duo at their November 2014 gig at Los Angeles’ Echoplex – it was perhaps the first time de la Rocha has held a mic in front of a New York audience since Rage headlined the Rock the Bells fest on Randalls Island in 2007.