While speaking to Clash magazine, Alison Mosshart explained it was a tour on which her band, The Kills, opened for The Raconteurs, that resulted in the formation of The Dead Weather. "I just had so much fun on that tour. I just got on the bus with them and came back to Nashville because he [White] said he had a recording studio, like, 'Why don't we do something?' That's kinda how it happened really."
All of the members of the Dead Weather first rose to prominence in other bands: The Kills (Alison Mosshart), Queens of the Stone Age
(Dean Fertita), The Greenhornes (Jack Lawrence), and The White Stripes
The group's 2009 EP, Live at Third Man Records West
, opens with the tune "Forever My Queen," which was originally done by Doom Metal trailblazers Pentagram
Jack White produced the first two Dead Weather studio albums, Horehound and Sea of Cowards.
A little more than a week before their sophomore full-length, Sea of Cowards, was released, The Dead Weather premiered the album at Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville - by performing the entire album front to back.
Although more and more bands nowadays seem to create music with their members in different states (or even different parts of the world), Jack White explained to Rolling Stone that this is hardly the case with The Dead Weather. "All The Raconteurs and all The Dead Weather live in Nashville now, so we often go on trips together, because we're all just good pals. We've recorded some things, too."
Alison Mosshart has enjoyed painting since she was a kid. She told American Songwriter: "My mother was a high school art teacher, so I grew up around it. She just put paints, paper, markers and crayons and everything in front of me from the time I could sit up, so it's always been a huge part of my life. I went to school for it for a little bit but I was never kinda sure of what I wanted to be or do. By the time I was 14 I was on tour, and I never stopped doing that."
Mosshart's brother, Matthew Mosshart, is a chef. He was engaged to Ozzy Osbourne's daughter, Kelly Osbourne, until they announced their split in early 2014.
Alison Mosshart told Uncut magazine about working with Jack White: "Making those Dead Weather records with Jack, bouncing ideas back and forth and moving at perilous speed, I know firsthand how fast his mind works. Musical literally jumps out of him with ease and precision as if he's made of it. Nothing slows his train. Being on stage with him it's like flying."