Jack White vs. the Audience @ the Dead Weather Invite-Only Show

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Reports are streaming out that Jack White had a little blow-up at the audience at his invite-only Dead Weather showcase late last week.

Stereogum has the video clip…

According to New York Daily News gossip columnist Frank DiGiacomo, Jack White berated the audience at the Dead Weather’s invite-only show on August 4. … He reportedly yelled, “Fuck you, you hip motherfuckers! Why don’t you rock the fuck out? Maybe I should go grab those free drinks and shove them down your throats!”

Seriously?

After the outburst, which one concertgoer tells us elicited an eye roll from [Mary-Kate] Olsen, the red-hot White stopped the show midset to insult and throw out a guy in the front row who’d been taking photos.

There’s something to this that irks me, but obviously it makes for an entertaining story on more than one level. It immediately reminded me of that Steve Kimock show a while back where he just completely went-off on his audience for chatting it up while he was getting all into his guitar jams, and ever since I’ve had a hard time respecting him as a performer. I judge too harshly, though — everyone has an off night, even Jack White. I just hate the idea of artist entitlement. This entire thing can be summed up by Jack White needing a break, a change of expectations, or a willingness to change his tune for the sake of the audience. Instead, he just screamed at them. Not my style.

Anyone there that wants to comment? @Shaun_White, I’m looking in your direction….

  • MorganicSF

    I obviously wasn’t at this show, but I bet Jack White was right on. I really don’t understand people who pay money to go to a show and stand around. I see it all the time with regular folks at regular shows. I can only imagine what it was like at this show. Jack White probably wants to say this to half his audiences, but having a audience full of people who are supposed to know how to have a good time but can’t be bothered probably put him over the top.

    • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

      I can definitely see that side of things, but there’s something almost incorrect to me when I see a band or artist engage the audience too much. Maybe it comes off nervous or something, or maybe they’re just needing some validation that what they’re doing is either good enough or not. That live Jeff Tweedy DVD has this great moment where he actually asks the audience if he’s doing something wrong, clearly annoyed that they’re talking over his music. And he’s genuinely annoyed for the people around him that are paying attention and getting his music washed out by someone else’s voice…

      I mean, kicking someone out is clearly pretty severe. I hope that guy deserved it. LOL.

  • MorganicSF

    I obviously wasn’t at this show, but I bet Jack White was right on. I really don’t understand people who pay money to go to a show and stand around. I see it all the time with regular folks at regular shows. I can only imagine what it was like at this show. Jack White probably wants to say this to half his audiences, but having a audience full of people who are supposed to know how to have a good time but can’t be bothered probably put him over the top.

    • http://www.livemusicblog.com Justin

      I can definitely see that side of things, but there’s something almost incorrect to me when I see a band or artist engage the audience too much. Maybe it comes off nervous or something, or maybe they’re just needing some validation that what they’re doing is either good enough or not. That live Jeff Tweedy DVD has this great moment where he actually asks the audience if he’s doing something wrong, clearly annoyed that they’re talking over his music. And he’s genuinely annoyed for the people around him that are paying attention and getting his music washed out by someone else’s voice…

      I mean, kicking someone out is clearly pretty severe. I hope that guy deserved it. LOL.

  • Manny

    I agree with Jack….fucking rock out….Many times at shows I’ve been told to “stop clapping, stop bumping into me, stop singing”..WTF….Its about time someone called them out…. Dumb ass hipsters, yuppies etc…. and get off the fucking phone already…..

  • Manny

    I agree with Jack….fucking rock out….Many times at shows I’ve been told to “stop clapping, stop bumping into me, stop singing”..WTF….Its about time someone called them out…. Dumb ass hipsters, yuppies etc…. and get off the fucking phone already…..

  • Jennie

    Jack may still fancy himself as an upholsterer from Detroit. He probably got upset when “the rock royalty audience” didn’t respond with more reverence. He made his money off regular people and they still appreciate him, so I don’t think he should be too worried. It’s just the commentators who like a good story. I like to think Jack is more like me than a rock star’s offspring, but maybe that is pure fantasy.

  • Jennie

    Jack may still fancy himself as an upholsterer from Detroit. He probably got upset when “the rock royalty audience” didn’t respond with more reverence. He made his money off regular people and they still appreciate him, so I don’t think he should be too worried. It’s just the commentators who like a good story. I like to think Jack is more like me than a rock star’s offspring, but maybe that is pure fantasy.

  • Darcy

    I understand completely Jacks frustration.. You don’t go to a Dead Weather show to simply stand around. People that just buy tickets to a show because it seems like something “cool” to do beside pick their ass, make me sick.The music Jack puts out has so much heart, blood, and guts to it that you need to respect that fact and enjoy. If you can’t be bothered to feel something real and respond to it stay home and leave the rocking out to those of us with souls. I seriously doubt that his rant was uncalled for if anything he should have done more.

  • Darcy

    I understand completely Jacks frustration.. You don’t go to a Dead Weather show to simply stand around. People that just buy tickets to a show because it seems like something “cool” to do beside pick their ass, make me sick.The music Jack puts out has so much heart, blood, and guts to it that you need to respect that fact and enjoy. If you can’t be bothered to feel something real and respond to it stay home and leave the rocking out to those of us with souls. I seriously doubt that his rant was uncalled for if anything he should have done more.

  • Lee

    Basically he was playing to a room full of jaded hipsters who go to shows to be seen and just to say they were there. They get everything free and still can’t be bothered to get off their crackberries and iPhones or stop texting long enough to show some respect for the musicians. They had it coming and then some. Mary Kate and her ilk can roll their eyes all they want, but they know it’s true.

  • Lee

    Basically he was playing to a room full of jaded hipsters who go to shows to be seen and just to say they were there. They get everything free and still can’t be bothered to get off their crackberries and iPhones or stop texting long enough to show some respect for the musicians. They had it coming and then some. Mary Kate and her ilk can roll their eyes all they want, but they know it’s true.

  • http://handfulofbrains.blogspot.com/ Tony Jordan

    If they were just standing around and not dancing, then he shouldn’t have said anything. Some people don’t want to dance and that’s fine, as long as they are cool when people do want to dance. I won’t force you to dance you don’t force me to stand still.

    However, if they were texting, taking pictures, talking, I have no sympathy for the audience. I am sick of that too. If you feel the need to talk on your phone or carry on a lengthy conversation with the person next to you during the music, go to the lobby. Its distracting to the audience and to the band.

    When Wilco played at The National in Richmond, Jeff Tweedy gently chided the audience. From Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Before launching into “Deeper Down,” off their latest album, Tweedy told the crowd they might be tempted to talk through it.

    “If you talk through it, we don’t like you,” he joked. “You’re not a bad person. But you’re probably not a good person.”

    Later, during the acoustic set, as some in the crowd turned restless, he chided them and said, “If we’re playing too quiet, we can turn it up. But we’re not going to.” ”

    After that the National posted some signs about talking during performances.

  • http://handfulofbrains.blogspot.com/ Tony Jordan

    If they were just standing around and not dancing, then he shouldn’t have said anything. Some people don’t want to dance and that’s fine, as long as they are cool when people do want to dance. I won’t force you to dance you don’t force me to stand still.

    However, if they were texting, taking pictures, talking, I have no sympathy for the audience. I am sick of that too. If you feel the need to talk on your phone or carry on a lengthy conversation with the person next to you during the music, go to the lobby. Its distracting to the audience and to the band.

    When Wilco played at The National in Richmond, Jeff Tweedy gently chided the audience. From Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Before launching into “Deeper Down,” off their latest album, Tweedy told the crowd they might be tempted to talk through it.

    “If you talk through it, we don’t like you,” he joked. “You’re not a bad person. But you’re probably not a good person.”

    Later, during the acoustic set, as some in the crowd turned restless, he chided them and said, “If we’re playing too quiet, we can turn it up. But we’re not going to.” ”

    After that the National posted some signs about talking during performances.

  • Zdrum93

    I am a new anti-Jack White fan as of today. During SXSW, me and my friend happened to see the guitar god and shake his hand! How lucky were we? The next day we thought God was on our side when we discovered Jack White again, two days in a row! This time camera in hand we chased him down and politely asked for a picture which instead of turning us down he proceeds to curse us out for like two minutes!
    Where does this guy get off? He would be nothing without fans like us, he should be kissing my feet for all the money and amazing things he has experienced as a preformer. I understand the life of a celebrity must be hard but come on, no one but us in a crowd of hundreds recognized him all we wanted was a second of his time not two minutes of his attitude. We walked away with a picture and a torn up image of a former hero I still am in shock.