Jack White Plays for 50 Minutes at 1st Radio City Show: Angry Hipsters Throw Hissy Fits

Uh oh. Sounds like the sh*t went down. On the first night of his two night stand at Radio City Music Hall, Jack White and his band played a 50 minute set, at the end of which they left the stage…and did not return. After about 30 minutes of trying to get an encore, the announcer came on stage and told the show-goers that the gig was over and that they should leave. That is when people started freaking out, chanting “F*ck you, Jack!” and “We like Meg better anyway!”

Needless to say, the angry masses took to Twitter with their protests, typing out all types of snarky swipes (some more eloquent than others) and venting their boiling, uncontainable rage for the GALL of Jack White to only play a 50 minute set. Has everyone completely lost their minds and forgotten that a normal White Stripes set could be just over one hour?

I too would be disappointed that the show had not been longer, but people, since when was it a rule that a performer come back to the stage if he doesn’t want to? Last time I checked it was a free country.

This quote gives you a little hint as to why he did not come back:

Which I would interpret in Jack-speak to mean “This crowd is horrible and sitting there with their arms folded, seemingly not enjoying anything and/or using their cell phones even though we’ve asked them not to.”

Later someone else tweeted that he heard that Jack was not happy with the sound at the venue and didn’t want to continue. I would guess that’s it could have been a combination of both.

As White Stripes fans know — Jack has a long history of calling fans out on bad behavior/vibes. (Remember when he called a bunch of guys at a White Stripes Roseland show “frat f*ckers”? Classic. Or how about when he berated the crowd at Bowery Ballroom in 2002 for being “too cool for school”?)

But honestly folks, if you were in his shoes, and you were unhappy with either the crowd or the sound, would you really feel obligated to go out there and but on a brave face in the midst of crappy conditions? I know people are disappointed, but what they have to understand is that Jack does not do this at EVERY show — when I saw him play at the Wiltern in LA a few months back, he was in a great mood and the show was really really awesome.

And seriously, we all know that the second night of a Jack White show is always better than the first. NEVER GO TO THE FIRST SHOW (if you can only go to one). Have we ALL forgotten the lessons that we’ve learned over the years? It was only a few months ago that Jack did something very special the second night of his two-night series at Roseland. How soon we forget…

I know I’m sounding like I’m blaming the “victims” but really, you are not victims if you have enough discretionary income to blow some mildly mad stacks on a fancy concert. News flash: you are angry privileged people. Get over it.

Well, tomorrow night will be interesting. Hopefully everyone will be in better spirits. Including the crowd.

Funny thing is, up until they realized Jackie wasn’t coming back, the crowd really seemed to be enjoying themselves (perhaps it was only the people in the cheap seats — or being showing their delight via mobile media):

Some fans tried to explain/sympathize:

Others coped with sarcasm:

More over at the Observer and Buzzfeed.

Published by Laura

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5 replies on “Jack White Plays for 50 Minutes at 1st Radio City Show: Angry Hipsters Throw Hissy Fits”

  1. He was amazing in Detroit. His issue is with people who don’t go and enjoy a concert. It’s an energy exchange thing. If he is getting positive vibes and an interested crowd he gives what he gets. He doesn’t want the concert goer to enjoy him on a screen he wants them to interact with him and enjoy him live. He is an artist who wants to share his talents with his fans. If his fans don’t want to share with him then he will just pack up and go.

  2. Sure, it’s a free country. But it wasn’t a free concert. Generally, people hope to get what they paid for, that’s all. If it was well-known (or advertised) that this concert would be shorter than many albums, and people chose to spend their money to hear it, that’s one thing. Or, if he had played a normal-length concert (most seem to average 90 minutes or so), and had declined an encore, that would be something else, too (though these days, many performers hold back their best songs for a planned encore).

    The point is, performers like Jack White are professionals, not amateur artists. Nothing obligates him to go above and beyond, but what he did was apparently to allow his own annoyance over whatever to ruin what was, up until the abrupt ending, a good show. I wasn’t one of those who stood outside to boo, nor did I stand in line to return the two T-shirts I bought before the show, but it’s hard for me to blame those who did. I still enjoy the music, but the evening left a bad taste in my mouth, and I will probably never go to another one of his concerts. Who needs the drama?

  3. Good points Lexie. Yes, it was a bit unprofessional, but it is not out of character for the artist. What can you say, Jack feels with his heart, not with his brain sometimes. We all love him for his passion for his craft, but sometimes his passion manifests itself in ways that does against what we (the fans/the crowd) want. :\

  4. Right on CAGirl. I think fans who have followed Jack’s career for a long time know what to expect. It’s just unfortunate that n00bs or newer fans don’t have that context. I’m also disappointed to see all the nasty comments that people have been making on Twitter and Facebook. He’s a human, people!

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