He unveils the 2015 video for his Danger Mouse collaboration.
Jack White has released the first ever live video of 'The Rose With The Broken Neck' filmed and directed by Brad Holland. The song has lyrics written by him, with composition from Daniele Luppi and Danger Mouse for their stand-out 2011 album 'Rome'.
Jack White unveils live video of 'Rome' song
The black and white video sees Jack talking about the making of the song and its respective album, before launching into the song with his band of violinists, cellists and the like. It was shot at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, Wyoming in April 2015 during his acoustic tour.
Continue reading: Jack White's First Ever Live Video Of 'The Rose With The Broken Neck'
The White Stripes frontman and Third Man Records launched a "space-proof" turntable.
Jack White and his record label Third Man Records have made history by playing the first ever record in space. To celebrate the label’s seventh anniversary, they launched a custom “space-proof” turntable, just outside of Marsing, Idaho which was attached to a high-altitude balloon and spinning Carl Sagan's 'A Glorious Dawn’.
Jack White has helped launch the first ever record in space.
Named the Icarus Craft, the turntable was launched on July 2nd, with the craft reaching a peak altitude of 94,413 feet at 1:21:20 flight time, before the balloon burst and it began its descent back to earth.
Continue reading: Jack White Plays First Ever Vinyl In Space
Rocker Jack White is campaigning for gender equality in the music business in Nashville.
Jack White gave a speech on gender equality in Nashville on Wednesday (13.07.16).
The 41-year-old rocker - who fronted The White Stripes before calling time on the band in 2011 - was appointed to the Nashville Gender Equality Council and took to the stage at a press conference for the launch of a study into the issue in the city.
Jack - who is from Detroit - said: ''In my life in the arts, I have always considered it unfair when producing a record, for example, that a drummer would be paid less than a singer, simply because that singer had an agent or representative. They are both creating regardless of their instrument or even their experience. They should be paid the same. Now wouldn't it be just as ridiculous to pay two fiddle players a different wage because one of them is male and one is female? I think so. It is embarrassing that in 2016 there are any differences in benefits or wages between genders in our society. Gender equity is something that should've been solved a century ago worldwide, and it is sad that we even need to address it. If the person does the work, the benefits of doing that work, should be equal among all human beings.''
Continue reading: Jack White Calls For Gender Equality
He captures our imaginations again with the latest 'Lazaretto' release.
Jack White draws our attention to his manic new single 'That Black Bat Licorice', from his second solo album 'Lazaretto'; a US number one hit album upon release in June 2014. Alongside that, he unleashed a quirky interactive video.
Jack White releases epic new song 'That Black Bat Licorice'
For his first single of the year, Jack White has taken us on a not entirely uncharacteristic journey of surrealism. It's the third single from 'Lazaretto' which, let's face it, hasn't won all its acclaim for being an album of generic rock. This is about as alternative as it gets and with 'That Black Bat Licorice', he takes it to extremes.
The 39-year-old musician has blasted any journalists that reported on his leaked rider that revealed a list of absurd dressing room demands.
Jack White isn't impressed with the media's coverage of his leaked contract to perform at the University of Oklahoma, as well as his list of stipulations, known as a rider, as the 39-year-old has been criticised for "diva-ish" dressing room demands.
White has targeted the media for reporting on his leaked rider
The talented musician has now released a very angry open letter targeting these reports, especially NPR for publishing an article about the request on his rider that demanded "one bowl of fresh homemade guacamole" with a guacamole recipe attached to it.
So does Jack White have a thing for guac? Not even his management seem to know.
In a story bizarre even by Jack White standards, the singer and his management company have been accused of blacklisting the University of Oklahoma from future tours, after they published the singer’s contract online. White had played a concert at the university on February the 2nd and reportedly called out the student newspaper for leaking his demands.
Jack White, banana hater, guac lover
Among the items on White’s contract was his $80,000 fee and a rider which included very specific instructions on how to prepare guacamole.
Vinyl is well and truly back and Jack White is leading the way.
If we can thank hipsters for anything then maybe it’s the resurgence of vinyl, which had a record sales year in 2014, surpassing nine million units for the first time in over 20 years. Leading music lovers all the way to the record store was Jack White, whose album Lazaretto became the highest selling vinyl of the year.
Jack White, king of the vinyl
Since the beginning of the decade vinyl sales have increased by over 220 percent, as sales of physical albums continue to be on the decline. For the fourth year a row vinyl sales in the US hit record levels, surpassing even the seven million predicted sales numbers.
A rock star drops a new track, a pop star grieves and a film star confirms his engagement in this week's round-up.
Nice Work, 'Noah': Darren Aronofsky's latest epic, Noah, was released last weekend and managed to triumph at its debut box office with $44 million, despite all the negative publicity regarding religious condemnation and middling reviews. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson, Noah is based on the well-known Genesis tale but is given a pump of testosterone with the Black Swan director's dramatic CGI marvel. Check out the trailer.
Empire Film Awards: Emma Thompson and James McAvoy were the big winners at this year's Empire Film Awards, taking home trophies in their respective acting categories for Saving Mr. Banks and Filth. Space thriller Gravity and the fantasy sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were the evening's most-awarded movies with Simon Pegg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sally Hawkins, Tom Cruise, Hugh Jackman, Steve Coogan and Margot Robbie also honoured for a smashing year in film. Find the full list of winners here.
Tonnes of acts have been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival: is your favourite band in there?
After months of speculation, the official line-up has been confirmed for the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, which will be held from the 27th to the 29th June this year. The festival tweeted this year's snazzy line-up poster which listed a tonne of previously unconfirmed acts. Sadly, and despite the rumours, it doesn't look like Prince will be getting funky at Glasto but the appearance of Elbow, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, The Black Keys, and Jack White should make up for the Purple One's absence.
Kasabian Have Been Confirmed To Play Glastonbury Festival This Year.
Joining these four big name acts will be an intriguing and eclectic mix of acts of all sorts of genres. Skrillex, De La Soul, Ms Dynamite, Rudimental, Disclosure, Lil Louis and DJ Pierre will be bringing dance music whilst Kelis, Janelle Monáe, Jurassic 5 and M.I.A will be giving the festival a hip hop flavour.
Hear the electric 'High Ball Stepper' from Jack White's upcoming record.
Jack White has released the first track from his upcoming second solo album, Lazaretto, which will be released this June. The instrumental new song, titled 'High Ball Stepper,' is undeniably Jack White in its screeching guitar riff and rock groove and forecasts more exciting sounds for the record's summer release.
Jack White Has Shared 'High Ball Stepper' From His New Album, 'Lazaretto.'
White hasn't specified whether Lazaretto will be purely an instrumental album. Instead, he told Rolling Stone last year that "[The new album's] not one sound, it's definitely several. I don't pick my style and then write a song. I just write whatever comes out of me."
Continue reading: Jack White Releases First Track From New Album, 'Lazaretto' [Video]
Lionel Richie and Vampire Weekend will also perform at the annual roof-raiser.
The line-up for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has been announced and looks to be more impressive than ever with Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Jack White and Vampire Weekend all gracing the Manchester, Tenn. stages across the four-day celebration. The festival, which will be held from the 12th to the 15th June this year, will serve up an enviable mix of genres.
Elton John Will Lead This Year's Incredible Bonnaroo Festival Line-Up.
Bonnaroo Festival is famous for having provided a stage to one of Kanye West's famous rants last time he played in 2008. The rapper and his fans reacted with outrage when Kanye's originally late night set was shifted to a performance during broad daylight, provoking a classic caps-lock tirade from the short-fused star.
The smoke; the lights; the big drums; Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar's show was spectacular.
The aftermath of this year's Grammy Awards on Sunday was filled with talk about Beyoncé and Jay Z's sexually-charged 'Drunk In Love' performance, Madonna's mass marriage, Taylor Swift's surprised face and the rock-tastic finale show. However, as the dust has died down, one performance in particular stands out for its explosive mash-up and unique collaboration.
Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar performed a hybrid version of the former's hit 'Radioactive' and the latter's 'MAAD City' to considerable critical acclaim. Not only did the two songs mesh extremely well together but the rock band and the rapper brought a show to the Grammys that will be talked about for months to come.
They were so good together...how could they?! Sniff!
A break up is rarely an easy time for a couple but ever get that feeling that some couples, i.e. NOT Rihanna and Chris Brown, were so well-matched that it was hard to imagine them not being an item? Yup, us too, so we restrained ourselves with a list of the top five celebrity couples we reckon never should have parted.
What is love now that we are no longer in a world where the Zooey Deschanels can't make a happy marriage with the Deathcab for Cutie frontmen? Woe is us indeed. Him: the sultry, thoughtful indie singer and guitarist who is responsible for such odes to eternal love as 'I'll Follow You Into The Dark.' Her: the cute, funny and (dare we say it?) quirky actress who, with one flick of her indie girl bangs in 500 Days of Summer, launched an odyssey of shy, introverted teenage dreams against a backdrop of The Smiths songs.
Continue reading: 5 Celeb Couples We Didn't Want To See Split
Jack White has filed a case against his estranged wife Karen Elson. Elson claimed White was unable to look after their two children and had been sending harassing emails. Following a temporary restraining order obtained by Elson two weeks ago, White has responded as he does not "want to be portrayed as something he is not, violent towards his wife or children."
Karen Elson and Jack White at 'The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009.
White's estranged wife, former model Karen Elson, obtained a temporary restraining order against her husband on July 17. She claimed White had been harassing Elson and her attorney by sending inappropriate emails.
Continue reading: Jack White Responds To Karen Elson's Court Filing And Restraining Order
After having a restraining order filed against him, Jack White has voiced his fury that his children will be in the same class as Dan Auerbach.
Karen Elson, Jack White's ex-wife, has filed a restraining order against The Raconteurs singer after claiming he is a threat to safety. Elson, a model and musician, sent emails to a judge saying that because of White's actions, she "fears for her safety and that of their children." The order was approved on 17th July pending a court hearing on 29th August.
Karen Elson Has Filed A Restraining Order Against Jack White.
According to the Nashville City Paper via The Independent, White is barred from "any contact with Karen Elson whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children." With regards to the specific details of White's supposedly threatening emails, he expresses a peculiar venom to Dan Auerbach, lead singer of The Black Keys.
Elson was granted a restraining order, but the custody battle continues.
Karen Elson, Jack White’s estranged wife, has filed a restraining order against the White Stripes musician. According to the documents, Elson claimed that White had been harassing her with a series of profanity-laden emails, as well as contacting Elson's paralegal "in an inappropriate and aggressive manner"; making derogatory comments about Elson to the couple's business manager, in an attempt to "harass and embarrass [her]" The story was first reported by the Nashville City Paper.
Elson alleges that White has an explosive temper.
The situation had reportedly gotten so bad, that Elson was afraid for her own safety and that of the two children she shares with White. The restraining order was granted by a Tennessee judge last week, on June 22. According to the document, White is forbidden from having "any contact with [Elson] whatsoever except as it relates to parenting time with the parties' minor children."
Continue reading: Estranged Wife Karen Elson Gets Restraining Order Against Jack White
Jack White's estranged wife, former model Karen Elson, has obtained a restraining order against her husband. White has, allegedly, been harassing Elson by sending inappropriate and abusive emails.
Jack White's estranged wife has obtained a restraining order against the White Stripes frontman. Karen Elson, obtained the order in Tennessee, after claiming White had a violent temper. Elson was forced into taking this action after allegedly receiving irate and inappropriate emails from her husband. The couple are currently in a custody battle: Elson maintains White is unfit to care for their two children, who currently reside with her.
Jack White at 55th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in L.A.
In legal documentation, obtained by the Nashville City Paper, Elson states that she is fearful for her own safety and that of her two children's. The excerpt read: the "wife fears for her and the children's safety as a result of this harassment," the order read, describing how White contacted his ex-wife's paralegal "in an inappropriate and aggressive manner."
Continue reading: Jack White's Wife, Model Karen Elson, Obtains Restraining Order
The Great Gatsby movie may not have received universal praise and critical acclaim since its silver screen release but that doesn't mean you should write off or disregard its soundtrack. What do critics know anyway? There seems to have been far too much analysis of the film's sub-text and possible parallels with the global economy rather than old fashioned cinematic enjoyment. Is the world more greedy now, more star struck, more in need of fame and fortune? Have we all become more self-absorbed, self-obsessed, materialistic and vacuous or is it just that, nowadays, it's more in plain sight, easier to identify and more readily hyped and publicised. (The film adaptation is, after all, taken from the F. Scott Fitzgerald book published nearly ninety years ago.)
Setting aside any need to put the film on the psychiatrist's chair (to see whether Fitzgerald's cautionary tale of excess rings true) and taking the film and its soundtrack merely on musical merit alone, I think it safe to say that without doubt it is a triumph. Any suggestion that it is 'style over substance' is missing the whole point. The Jazz Age was all about style, all about how opulent and how lavish you could possibly be. Yes, it may have been a little vulgar but it was all about extravagance and living the dream, even if the dream was ultimately a lie.
The soundtrack of The Great Gatsby captures the very essence of the post war age, an age of optimism and high spirits where the grim realities of the not too distant past could be suspended. You can lose yourself in the cocktails, flapper dresses, pearls and spats, cigarette holders and dinner jackets quite easily. The allure of the decadent lifestyle being flaunted by the charming and charismatic Jay Gatsby has an intoxicating appeal that is difficult to resist. Both Baz Luhrmann, the film's director, and executive music producer Jay Z have done a meticulous job in making that come to life, brilliantly mixing a twenties thread through a contemporary score.
Continue reading: Various Artists - The Great Gatsby OST Album Review
Former White Stripe has theater named after him in honor of his gift
Detroit venue The Masonic Temple was helped out of a tax pickle recently when an anonymous donor paid off its entire $142,000 balance in tax, saving it from closure. So who was that mystery man? Only Detroit-native himself Mr Jack White! What a good guy.
That’s right, the co-founder of The White Stripes put his hand in his pocket when the venue found itself up against the wall financially, bailing it out and helping it to continue, according to the Detroit Free Press.“Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it,” said Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran. “Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words.”
There are a couple of reasons why White would be so keen to keep the Masonic Temple going; his mother was an usher there for a time, while the White Stripes played their first public gig at the Gold Dollar, just half a block down from the building. Four years later and they played two nights back to back at the Masonic Temple itself – something significant, according to White’s nephew Ben Blackwell. “What really puts it all in context were those first two White Stripes performances in April 2003 — two consecutive nights, one in the small room, the other in the big room,” he said. “From the loading docks you could see the Gold Dollar. It took years, four albums and how ever many of tour miles to go that very significant half a block.” The temple’s Cathedral Theater is to be renamed the Jack White Theater in honor of his gift. What a good egg.
Continue reading: Jack White Bails Out Detroit's Masonic Temple
The rapper just released the track as part of the soundtrack for the upcoming adaptation of "The Great Gatsby".
Maybe Jay Z isn’t the typical name you’d expect to see on the soundtrack of a film set in the 20s, but after the initial surprise, it turns out that the mogul and The Great Gatsby have more in common than you’d think. Both Jay’s (Z and Gatsby) are cool, aloof, sharply dressed types. Both are rich and both swim in luxury and glamour. And ok, maybe that’s where the similarities end, but you can see how Mr Carter is actually a fitting choice to work on the modernized soundtrack for the upcoming film. The rapper released “$100 Bill” today, to go “hand in hand” as he put it with the movie adaptation. But it’s not your typical soundtrack, oh no – after all, when have you heard of Jay Z doing anything typical? As the man himself put it for Blacktree.tv:
"It's not the typical soundtrack, or a standalone piece. The songs are pretty much in the film, so it goes hand in hand with each other. It had to fit pretty snug, it wasn't an afterthought."
Now he’s got us all eager and excited to hear it (well, and see the film obviously), especially considering that the full soundtrack will feature songs by Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Jack White and even Beyoncé. It sounds like an eclectic mix of styles, all united under the decadent splendor of the jazz age. Who could resist! For a teaser of things to come, you can check out “$100 Bill” here, or watch the "Gatsby" trailer below.
Annually, the Grammys is one of the biggest events for music across America and in Europe. In fact, it has dubbed itself 'music's biggest night'. Celebrating the best in pop, hiphop, soul, R&B and much of what comes in between, it never fails to be a veritable who's who from the Spotify playlists of the masses. And this year will be no different. Not only are the nominees ones to look out for, absences are worthy of note, as are this year's presenters and some very special performances.
In terms of performances to look forward to, this year we have some unusual and largely unexpected pair ups. Elton John and Ed Sheeran will take to the stage together. An unusual pairing, they're both Brits with unusual song writing talent. While John is a true showman and is well known for his intereSting outfits and outrageous glasses, Sheeran is distinctly more low key. We're not sure how this is going to work, but we're guessing it'll be great. Bruno Mars, Sting and Rihanna will all also perform together, as will Alicia Keys and Maroon 5, and Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.
Continue reading: 55th Grammys Preview: 'Music's Biggest Night' Wont Fail To Impress
Is it unfair to assume that Rihanna was the most likely target of the Grammys’ dress code warning email? We’re looking down the list of performers and you know what? We don’t think this email was directed at Jack White. We don’t think it was directed at Alicia Keys. And we really don’t think it was directed at Maroon 5. Deadline.com got hold of the missive, which was emailed out to the ceremony’s live performers and anyone who may appear on camera, instructing them to “be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered.” And reminding them that “thong type costumes are problematic.” And there was some very specific rules about which parts of your breasts may and may not be on display (none of it, basically). And don’t even ask about the rules on the visibility of genitalia.
We’re really struggling to picture Taylor Swift rocking up on stage in a “thong type costume.” Mumford & Sons doing some kind of striptease, mid-song? We can’t see it. We also can’t picture the Preservation Hall Band exposing their butt cracks (unless they drop something, maybe and need to bend down to fetch it). At a push, we can imagine hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa might have his trousers a little low-slung, risking the exposure of some part of his junk, or his trunk but seriously? There’s only one person this email was aimed at and that’s Rihanna, surely?
The 24 year old has a history of stepping out in risky outfits. Remember the semi-see-through striped dress of 2009? The mid-riff display and leather hot-pants from last year’s Grammys (some definite buttock curvature on display there)? The barely-there strapless bra top and equally-barely-there denim cut offs, complete with fishnets that she opted for in Ottawa in 2011? Yep. We reckon that email was intended for Rihanna. Everyone else can just relax.
Continue reading: Grammy's Cover-Up Dress Code: Surely Rihanna Was Intended Recipient?
Albums of Note... It looks as though Bruno Mars has stepped things up a gear on Unorthodox Jukebox. From straight-up pop songs, to disco and funk stylings, and a nod to reggae in there too, Mars very rarely fails to hit the mark with these new tracks. “Unorthodox Jukebox is a rich pick and mix of different and colourful elements. His lyrics sometime fall short, but a likeably mischievous personality shines through nonetheless, and so on the whole this is a real step up even from the songs that broke him so hugely two years ago.”
Adding a fresh slant to the out-dated genre of twee-duets, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro release a self-titled album of brief ditties, which may appear cutesy at first glance but soon reveal their darker side, with lyrics such as “I can't be the first to say you're the worst, surely there's one or two? / I care more if you act as though you like me than if you really do.” Adam Green is probably the better known of the two, from his work as part of Moldy Peaches and of course his solo work, too. Binki Shapiro already has indie cred from her other band, Little Joy. “Like everything the pair have done individually, together they have made a record that's short, sweet, and maturely macabre; a late contender for an album of the year.”
He’s more than happy to beat up on one of the Von Bondies (yeah, we struggle to remember who they were as well), but when it comes to a verbal joust with Lady GaGa, former White Stripes-man Jack White wants no part of it.
It’s worth point out that this great ‘duel’ appears to be entirely one sided, with White making and then retracting comments before Gaga’s probably even registered he’s made them. Why would she? She’s probably too busy fashioning a dress out of a unicorn’s skin right now. Or something. As has been widely reported, White made comments in the latest issue of Esquire magazine about Gaga, accusing the star of being all substance and no meaning, suggesting that her music had no longevity.
Well, he’s not so sure about that anymore, having issued a statement relating to the comments, according to Entertainment Weekly. “I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way” he simpered, “I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as “cool” or “weird” quickly and dispose of it.”
The nominations for the 55th Grammy Award Nominations in 2013 have officially been announced by the award's organisers. Here’s a run down of some of the main awards, and our tips for Grammy's Glory.
Album Of The Year:
El Camino — The Black Keys
Continue reading: Grammy Nominations 2013: Who Will Win? Who SHOULD Win?
As huge fans of Jack White's earlier work with The White Stripes, we maintain that he's deserved of the title legendary when it comes to guitar, and if he's not, then he should be. But instead of thrashing that 87 string guitar like we all know he can, he's been giving his pennys worth on Lady GaGa.
On Gaga, he says, to Esquire: "I don't think she lives it because it's all artifice. It's all image with no meaning behind it. You can't sink your teeth into it. It's a sound bite. It's very of this age, because that's what people want. They want a Twitter line, a jpeg, an MP3." And on Twitter, don't expect White to be joining the social networking site anytime soon. "The goal of modern celebrity is to make yourself into the lowest common denominator," he said. "'Hey, I'm a guy just like you. I like a beer, a football game. Especially in reality television, you'll see people will go so far as to make a fool out of themselves just to prove that."
"Twitter is the most perfect example of modern living," he added. "I think the only people who should have [Twitter accounts] are comedians. Because it's all about one-liners."
Jack White has denounced Lady GaGa in a recent interview with Esquire magazine. To a resounding chorus of “ER, DUH, YEAH!” Jack opined “I don’t think she lives it because it’s all artifice. It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite. It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want. They want a Twitter line, a jpeg, an MP3.” Earth to Jack White! We know! That’s the whole POINT! Geeeeez.
We all know that Jack White has one foot in the past, of course. His music is often redolent of bygone eras, he’s a fierce campaigner for those overgrown vinyl records (even the small ones don’t fit in the CD player! what’s the point!?) and he looks like an extra from a Tim Burton movie. That part’s irrelevant, of course, but then so are Jack’s comments about Lady Gaga. The point is, nobody ever expected Jack White to be a big fan of Lady Gaga. None of us were fantasizing about the former White Stripes front-man singing into a hair brush and dancing along to ‘Alejandro,’ after all. White’s comments may have hit the headlines but frankly we think he’s wasted valuable column inches by stating the freakin’ obvious here.
We’ve been staring at Gaga’s Twitter feed for some kind of shallow, artificial retort but alas, she’s not been forthcoming. She’s probably too busy pretending to be Michael Jackson and moonwalking around her kitchen in all that memorabilia she bought over the weekend…
Music In the News...Jack White has been awarded an honor for musical excellence, from University College Dublin. The James Joyce Award was presented to the former White Stripes frontman, who is currently touring with Willy Moon, by the university's Literary and Historical Society.
Cat Power has informed her fans, that her European tour will still go ahead, despite the news that she is suffering financial and health difficulties. She told her fans "European Tour Is On. Without Stage Presentation. Hard Money Wasted." It is thought that she is planning a stripped-down version of her show for the tour, which will include her first London show in four years.
Katy Perry has been accused of 'sexualising children' by the indie-dance band Crystal Castles. The band's singer, Alice Glass, told NME magazine "I think a lot of (pop stars) sell sex to children. I think a lot of kids are more sexualised now than they were years ago and I'm not sure it's a coincidence. Like f**king Katy Perry spraying people with her f**king d**k, her f**king c** gun c**ming on f**king children. And little girls, like six-year-old girls wearing a shirt with 'I wanna see your (pea) cock' on it."
Now in its 6th year, the Virgin Mobile FreeFest returned to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, just outside Baltimore, and sported two starkly contrasting headliners; Jack White and Skrillex. Plus a great variety of other brilliant bands and artists that graced the stage all in the aid of free music and philanthropy.
This year over 50,000 fans flooded the Merriweather Post Pavilion for the exceptional lineup. For Wesley Case, at the Baltimore Sun, it was Jack White's own contrasts within his set that made the White Stripes star and his performance truly shine. Case said "[Jack White] made a loud arrival, violently strumming his guitar in time with the drums... But it was the quieter moments that stood out. He shared a sensual moment with his tambourine player as they both sang into his microphone." He ended his set with Seven Nation Army, perhaps the most iconic of his releases and one that spurs crowds into a unity of hums.
Continue reading: Virgin FreeFest: Jack White, Skrillex And Nas Rule The Stage.
Skrillex and Jack White were amongst the highlights of Saturday’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest (October 6, 2012). Over 50,000 people crowded into the Merriweather Post Pavilion to enjoy the three stages worth of music, from the likes of Alabama Shakes, ZZ Top and Santigold; an eclectic mix of old and new, sure to keep the punters satisfied. Tickets to the event were free and Virgin boss Richard Branson spoke to the Washington Post backstage, explaining the work that FreeFest does with homeless youths.
Skrillex was clearly a big draw for the event; one punter, Liz Carr, 27, told the Post that she and her friends had a goal for the evening and that was “to not be blacked out by the time Skrillex comes on.” Whether or not she achieved her aims, we may never know. But those that did manage to stay conscious until the US producer played his headline, 90 minute set, were treated to a “bombardment of riotous dubstep songs with sci-fi lasers, flames, smoke and sparks to match.” Jack White’s 50 minute set was deemed too brief by those in attendance, who called him back onstage for an encore, in a rather unusual manner – by “WHOA-OH-OH-ing the guitar riff from ‘Seven Nation Army.’
It was down to Jack White that the festival-goers at FreeFest were treated to a glimpse of ZZ Top, too. They may not be the hippest band on the planet but when you’re playing at the personal request of Jack White, you’ve instantly earned yourself a few extra nods of approval.
Adele is to join the ranks of the musical elite, having been chosen to sing the theme to the new James Bond movie “Skyfall”.
The song, “Skyfall” which shares its name with the title of the film, has been written by Paul Epworth. Rumours of her involvement with the Bond franchise were put in place when she “hinted she would be working on [a 'special project'] during an interview on Jonathan Ross's chat show on ITV1 in September 2011” (BBC).
The history of the James Bond theme includes only the best and most iconic of musicians and bands, including Sir Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, Madonna, Tina Turner, Tom Jones and most recently a collaboration between Jack White and Alicia Keys.
Continue reading: Adele To Sing The New James Bond Theme ‘Skyfall’
The Jack White Blunderbuss gig was brought to an untimely halt last night after White left the stage 45 minutes into the set, reports Reuters.
Critically acclaimed as one of the most accomplished artists of a generation, Jack White can still attract crowds long after the band that made him famous subsided. But he angered those crowds, who lovingly gathered at the New York venue, Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night (September 29th) by walking off stage after just 45 minutes. He thanked the full capacity audience before leaving stage right. Initially, fans chanted their desire for more White guitar plucking, but what was once a playful imploration, turned quickly into anger, as the realisation that he was done spread through the crowd. "Chatter about Jack White's abbreviated show at New York's Radio City Music Hall last night has officially lasted longer than the concert itself," noted Spin.com, the music website. Security at the gig rushed to protect the stage door, as particularly angry punters set about confronting The White Stripes star. As of yet, no explanation has been given to the short-lived set.
In other 'musical icons disappoint loving fans' news, Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong performed a similar, but more troublesome stunt on stage recently, but he was bemoaning the lack of time on stage, rather than cutting it short. And besides, Billie Joe has recently admitted himself to rehab: a reason, rather than an excuse.
Adele’s ‘Bond’ theme will see the London songstress follow in the footsteps of singing greats Shirley Bassey and Nancy Sinatra, both of whom are responsible for recording some of the most recognizable 007 tunes in the secret agent’s 50 years in film.
The multiple Grammy award winner had long been rumoured to be handed the prestigious role for Sam Mendes’ forthcoming ‘Skyfall’ – again starring Daniel Craig – and Total Film.com confirmed the speculation this week. Adele’s single, named after the new movie, will be the first release from the star since ‘Turning Tables’ from her much-feted ‘21’ album. Given her phenomenally successful couple of years, Adele will certainly be a popular choice for the job and she boasts the kind of heavyweight soulful voice synonymous with the theme tune. One thing’s for sure: it’s almost certain to be an improvement on the poorly received tune ‘Another Way to Die’ by Jack White and Alicia Keys from 2008’s ‘Quantum of Solace’.
‘Skyfall’ – set to open in the UK on October 26 – stars Daniel Craig, alongside Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw.
Ploughing several shades of 'woman as the devil' imagery, 'Blunderbuss' is, essentially, Jack White 2.0, the artist in hyper-colour, extending several dimensions beyond the Jack White that we have seen before. As White's career has progressed beyond The White Stripes, through The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather; he continues to unravel before our eyes - something he seems to acknowledge himself on the inward-looking 'Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy' with the line "you'll be watching me, girl / Taking over the world / Let the stripes unfurl."
Continue reading: Jack White, Blunderbuss Album Review
Having never toured Canada before, in 2007 Jack and Meg White decided to finally take to the road and journey North of the border and not only play a couple of dates, but ambitiously play one gig in in each state at venues that don't often have big bands play. "We wanted to play out of the way towns that don't usually get shows.the shows are better, it's better for the people, it's a better experience, it's way more unique, something interesting is going to happen.hopefully."
Meg White, Great White and Jack White - Director Emmett Malloy (L), Meg White and Jack White Toronto, Canada - Premiere of 'White Stripes: Under The Great White Northern Lights' - The 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Friday 18th September 2009
Jack White and James Bond - Jack White and Karen Elson London, England - The World premiere of the new James Bond movie 'Quantum of Solace' held at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square - Arrivals Wednesday 29th October 2008
The Raconteurs, Jack White and Lollapalooza Friday 1st August 2008 Brendan Benson, Patrick Keeler, Jack White of The Raconteurs performing at the Bud Light Stage at Lollapalooza 2008 held at Grant Park - Day 1 Chicago, Illinois
Karen Elson and Jack White - Karen Elson and Jack White New York City, USA - 'Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Departures Monday 5th May 2008
When the Stones take the stage at New York City's Beacon Theater, it's frightening -- their age truly shows on film. As giants on the silver screen, we have a front row seat for an exhibition of frail bodies moving in ways that only young men should move. As Mick Jagger belts out songs of youthful rebellion and sexual frustration, he still does the same androgynous dances of yesteryear. Yet, this off-putting display of aged youth is clearly a place of sentiment for Scorsese, whose camera lingers with love.
Continue reading: Shine A Light Review
Jack White - Jack White of 'The White Stripes' West Hollywood, California - performing at the old Tower Records building on the Sunset Strip in support of the group's new album 'Icky Thump' Wednesday 20th June 2007
Jarmusch enlists a diverse cast of indie stars and former colleagues for this modest ensemble, but his uncharacteristically wheezy writing frequently undermines the film's wry humor. Cate Blanchett, in a dual performance, plays an arrogant version of herself as well as her skuzzy, jealous cousin, but the piece's portrait of jealousy and resentment loses steam after you become accustomed to seeing the actress talk to herself. Similarly, The White Stripes' Meg and Jack White provide a brief lesson on inventor Nikola Tesla's Tesla Coil, but save for the creepy, Mao Tse-tung-inspired portrait of Lee Marvin hanging on the wall behind them, the skit is nothing more than an overly long non sequitur. And even a brief appearance by Steve Buscemi can't rescue an insipid bit about two argumentative African-American twins talking racial politics in a Memphis diner.
Continue reading: Coffee And Cigarettes Review
People have speculated the relationship between The White Stripes almost since the duo first burst onto the music scene, but it seems like now Jack White has finally revealed the truth.
Jack and Meg White, better known as The White Stripes, decided to lie about their relationship because they did not think that critics or fans would take them seriously if they knew the truth. The truth being, that instead of the brother/sister band they claimed they were, Jack and Meg White were actually a husband and wife duo.
In 2002, a Detroit, Michigan newspaper discovered and printed the couple's wedding certificate from 1996. Despite this, the Whites insisted that they were, in fact, siblings, although in a recent interview, Jack White suggested why the lie would have been necessary.
Continue reading: Jack White Explains The Truth Behind His Relationship With Meg White
Date of birth
9th July, 1975
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