February 9, 2015

Jack White and the University of Oklahoma newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, were involved in a flap last week over the paper’s publication of White’s tour rider, his performance fee, and a leaked guacamole recipe that led to reports that the school was being banned from ever booking White again.

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White played on the campus last Monday (February 2nd) and called out the Daily from the stage after it printed his contract with the college and his tour rider. The paper defended the publication on free speech grounds, while White remarked from the stage, “Just because you can type it on your computer doesn’t make it right.”

  • In addition to revealing White’s $80,000 fee for the show, the paper also published what was apparently the crew’s secret recipe for guacamole, which was to be prepared and served backstage.
  • Shortly after the incident, the university was informed by White’s booking agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, that White and other artists represented by the company would no longer perform there.
  • White’s management issued its own statement after that, saying, “Jack White would love to thank all the concert attendees at his performance at the University of Oklahoma . . . Playing in, and for, the people of Oklahoma is one of Jack White’s favorite tour stops. At no time did Jack White or White’s management say that we would never play there again, that is untrue.”
  • But the statement added, “The incidents with the OU Daily student newspaper reporting the financial terms of the show, the private tour rider information, along with unsolicited photographers from their staff were unfortunate, unprofessional, and very unwelcoming.”
  • The statement reiterated that White and his band were “all completely thrilled with the performance and the crowd.”
  • White is taking the month of February off before heading to South America next month.