Published Sep 18, 2014The last time Jack White took shots at his fellow artists, he ended up backpeddling and making a lengthy apology. Evidently not learning from his mistakes, the Third Man Records guru went on a rant last night (September 17) that targeted both Foo Fighters and Rolling Stone.
Speaking to the crowd at Fenway Park in Boston, he joked about "the Foo Fighters or some band like that, where you have a second guitar player playing the same part's I'm going to play right back here, so in case I make a mistake he's still playing it for you. We've got to do stuff like that nowadays. But when you're up at bat at Fenway Park, it's just you up there and that's it. And that's how I play music."
He then laid into Rolling Stone's website, mocking its "click-bait" tactics and saying it was "brought to you by the Kardashian family." He added, "15 outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month," and,"12 reasons Rolling Stone won't put a black and white cover on the cover of their magazine unless you're dead." So evidently he's annoyed that his own Rolling Stone cover story a few months back was shot in colour.
After around three minutes into his monologue, he finished by saying, "Okay, I'm officially supposed to stop now, because this is becoming a Kanye West-esque rant for Rolling Stone dot com. Because apparently, nowadays, you aren't allowed to speak to your own fans about anything, lest it be a rant, okay? So forget ISIS, forget the war in the Middle East, forget any problems at home, forget gay marriage, forget everything you ever thought about everything. This is not a rant. This is just me saying, hello Cleveland."
However he wants to define it, this does sound an awful lot like a rant. Listen to audio of the whole thing below [via Pitchfork].
UPDATE: Following White's onstage words, Foo Fighters tweeted the following response, leading White himself to issue a statement of his own regarding the comments. You'll find both below.
Jack White's statement:
Busted....behold, the secret of the Foo Fighters sound.... pic.twitter.com/xbUUTwuyAt— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) September 18, 2014
Dear dream-makers of the media….
Last night Jack White made a joke on stage!
There was a minor equipment mishap, specifically with his guitar, and in an effort to keep his audience engaged, he made a joke! It was meant to be funny and self deprecating: "hey sorry, you're stuck with just me up here…" vs the Foo Fighters who have three guitar players on stage and regularly play stadium shows.
Jack has the upmost respect for the Foo Fighters and communicated with Grohl this morning.
So if you'll let us, we'll all continue with our day and we assure you: All is well in the rock n roll world.