In a rarely revealing Q&A streamed live for members of Third Man Records’ Vault over the weekend, Jack White opened up about a lot of stuff that I’m sure a lot of us had been thinking about but not really sure how to ask.
White, who had just returned from a world-wide tour of his second solo LP Lazaretto, pondered if another world-wide tour “is worth it”, saying “…half the show i play i’d rather not play. festivals for example. but i have to make the best of it and try to get inspired.”
“it’s hard when the people who organize festivals basically control my life … i have to book shows around their offer that i can’t refuse … it’s very expensive to tour … people think that’s how musicians make their money these days sadly, but it’s hard to on the road no matter what size you are … only seated theaters for acoustic shows for the rest of my days.”
When pressed about his involvement with TIDAL while being precieved as a guy who normally shuns modern forms of music consumption, White stated, “everyone always plays ‘catch the hypocrite’ with me. probably because i often make the stupid mistake of having opinions and saying them out loud. it’s smarter for well known people to smile and keep their mouth shut.” Later he said, “when has there NOT been negativity about me?”
Even more troubling were his comments on his former bandmate, Meg White who apparently “doesn’t even answer her phone” and even if they were to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jack White wouldn’t even consider a reunion.
Sounds like this whole thing may have just caught Jack on a bad day – he stated a little later that, “nothing pisses me off, sometimes i pretend things do though…”
You can read the whole transcript here.