February 16, 2015

Jack White has published an open letter at the website of his label, Third Man Records, in which he addresses the leaking of his tour rider and the media’s coverage of it. The tour rider was leaked two weeks ago by the University of Oklahoma’s student newspaper just prior to White’s show there, and included White’s performance fee as well as items like a “no bananas” policy and a recipe for guacamole. White scolded the paper during his set, while his booking agency reportedly told the college it would no longer book artists there.


In his open letter, titled “For god sakes. Are we all this bored?”, White chastised the media for its continuing coverage of the story, calling the guacamole recipe an “inside joke” and suggesting that someone on his crew was allergic to bananas. White said that he respects freedom of the press, “but never in my 20 years of playing shows has my contract and tour rider been published in the paper that I recall.”

He continued, “People WANT a rider to be a list of demands that a diva insists occur lest he or she refuse to play a note of music. But in reality, it’s just some food and drinks backstage for the hundred workers and guests who have to live in a concrete bunker for 15 hours.”

White also wrote, “Someone printed that I’m never going to oklahoma again? Not true. I love oklahoma . . . our booking agent warned the college that other artists might not book shows there? Of course they did, it’s bad business what that school paper did and really rude.”

White wrote that he was “absolutely not” angry at the university’s students but was “disappointed” in the newspaper staff, saying, “I forgive them, they’re young and have learned their lesson about truth and ethics hopefully.”

White concluded, “I know it’s a fun thing for people to try to turn me into a jerk and a diva, but in this case it’s pretty ridiculous and has almost nothing to do with me. My relationship with the fans at that show and how we got to a new place together through music remains intact and I’d love to do it again with them.”


Jack White will next headline the Coachella Festival in Indio, California in April.