Jack White Show Goes On Without a Hitch @ Second Radio City Show: September 30, 2012

Wow. Can you believe it? Everyone made it through the second night of Jack White‘s two-gig stint at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall.

No one got yelled at! No one got booed at! No one got stabbed! No one got shot! No one got called a NPR listener! An amazing, heroic job by all. I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty sure everyone who was there will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Price. *Buffs nails on shoulder* Just sayin’. Is group Catholic sainthood even a thing? Because it should be after this show.

All kidding aside, tonight’s show went very different than last night’s 50 minute set/mini-audience riot. This one went on with no incident for about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Jack and his lady band (the Peacocks) played about an hour long regular set, went off stage for 5 mins and promptly came back to bang out another 15 minutes or so, ending the night just around 10:30pm.

As soon as Jack set foot on the stage, the audience rose to their feet and did not sit down the entire time. A clap-along began during “We’re Going to Be Friends” but slowly petered out half way. The crowd was re-energized by the hard rockin’ ditties “Freedom at 21” and “Sixteen Saltines.”

Jack said not one word to the audience except for “Thank you” right before he and the band too their final bows. I found this a bit strange — he normally does do a little bit of banter, and almost always introduces the band — but none of that tonight. It was strictly business as they powered through the set, with gusto and precision, but lacking that special something that separates the good shows from the great shows.

When I saw Jack and the Buzzards before a few months ago at the Wiltern in LA, Jack was whizzing and whirling around the stage, sliding to his knees, jumping on top of the bass drum, and chatting every once and again to the crowd. Tonight it seemed like he was a little bit more reserved — towards the end of the set on classic jams like “Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground” and “Ball and a Biscuit,” he would add a little flair to his guitar solos, but not nearly the level of swagger I’m accustomed to seeing.

Got to admit, I was a little nervous when Jack and co went offstage after the regular set:

I started getting even more paranoid when I thought I heard the slightest hint of booing (probably me projecting).

But luckily they came back!

All in all a solid show, well worth the price of admission. It was TB’s very first Jack White show (and first show at Radio City!) and he really enjoyed it, saying “that’s just awesome” when Jack was on piano, and commenting how great of a musician he is. Success!

I’m pretty sure I saw Jack do this as he left the stage:

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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.
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Jack White Tries to Get Into Guinness Book of World Records with “Most Metaphors in a Single Concert”

As you may have heard, Jack White has recently revealed some beef he has with the Guinness Book of World Records folks over the White Stripes’ record for “Shortest Musical Concert” , which was recognized in the 2009 edition, but removed in subsequent additions.

Guinness says that since publishing the record, which was set with their 2007 one-note concert at St John’s in Newfoundland, Canada, others have challenged its validity — some claiming that just appearing on stage was enough to break the record.

As a result, Jackie has taken the piss out of the whole situation and decided to very seriously attempt to set a new record of “Most metaphors in a single concert.”

Concert-goers of his upcoming tour are encouraged not to “interfere or interject with any metaphors that they witness” during the show “as to not disqualify or worse yet, trivialize the metaphor in question. Audience members are encouraged to “entice as many metaphors to occur during the show… as long as they don’t’ endanger themselves or Mr. White.”

Methinks this is going to make for an interesting concert tour.

Full press release below:
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Why Moquu Is My New Favorite App

An eagle-eyed reader tipped me off to a new app called Moquu that has some very special filter names. Check it out:

“Jumble,” “Sugar,” “Aluminum,” “Biscuit,” “Coffee,” “Blue Orchid”… anyone else sensing a pattern? Yup, the folks at Pangalaktik Media (the Budapest-based creators of the app) are most definitely fans of Jack and Meg — all the filters are named after White Stripes songs! If you needed any more confirmation, check out their March 11th tweet declaring their love of the Stripes.

Sadly no “Big Three” or “Icky Thump”, but I like your style Moquu, I like your style!

Extra! Extra! All the Jack White News Fit to Print

In this week’s edition of “Jack White Weekly” there are a number of exciting updates:

1. Jack’s debut solo album, Blunderbuss has been released! What are your thoughts? I’ll be taking an in-depth listen this weekend during a road trip.

2. Jack White is going to write, produce, and perform the score for Walt Disney Pictures’ version of The Lone Ranger which stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie “Winklevii” Hammer as John Reid, the Lone Ranger. Wait a minute – are Johnny Depp and Jack White allowed to be attached to the same project? Isn’t that kinda like them being in the same room together — impossible?

Although Jack contributed songs (and appeared in) Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain and one of those James Bond movies (please, let’s all try to forget that duet with Alicia Keys), this will be his first outing into feature film scoring.

3. Jack will be doing a special show for American Express Unstaged right here in NYC on Friday (April 27th) at Webster Hall. Even if you can’t be there in person (like me), you can watch the whole affair courtesy of the internets and Jack White’s VEVO channel starting at 9pm EST. The stream will be directed by eternal bada**, Gary Oldman. Yes, that Gary Oldman.

Trailer for the show:

The Third Man Records Rolling Record Store will also be in town starting tomorrow, giving out clues to where you can find one of the five pairs of free tickets to the show. Hit them up on the Twitter to see if you can sleuth it out.

4. Anyone else see something weird about everyone mentioned in this post?

(From L-R: Johnny Depp, Jack White in Another Mag, Gary Oldman in Dracula)

VIDEO: Jack White’s “Sixteen Saltines”

Ol’ Jackie White has released a new music video for “Sixteen Saltines,” directed by AJ Rojas for his second single off his debut solo alum, Blunderbuss (coming out on April 24, 2012).

The vid is a little bizarre, with Jack White finding himself in a precarious situation at the hands of a group of Lost Boys painted blue. The rest of the scenes involve kids in various states of causing mischief and self-harm (some of it a little tough to watch).

The vibe is sinister, dangerous, and reckless — a perfect match to the strong guitar riff that guides the song.

Take a look:

Thumbs up (through covered eyes)?

More disturbing scenes after the jump
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Jack White’s Third Man Records Release 1000 Rare Records Into the Wild

This is pretty damn awesome! In anticipation of the April 24 release of Jack White’s debut solo album Blunderbuss (Third Man Records/Columbia), on April 1st Third Man Records tied 1000 flex-disc records containing an unreleased Jack White album track “Freedom at 21” to blue helium balloons and launched them from TMR headquarters in Nashville, TN.

According to the press release, similar balloon launches show a recovery rate of approx. 10%, so probably less than 100 of the 1000 records will actually ever be discovered. But if you do discover one of these balloons, a custom postcard with instructions on how to submit photos, the discovery location, and date are included and will be tracked at http://thirdmanrecords.com/balloon.

Some early reportings in Alabama indicate the winds must’ve been blowing south.

And for those of you worried about these balloons being bad for the environment, the label was sure to use biodegradable latex balloons and all-natural twine in the process.

Happy hunting!