Jack White took about 4 minutes out of his concert last night to go on a "Kanye-esque rant" about a range of subjects including the Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, the Kardashians, and Jan Wenner's Rolling Stone magazine. Listen above, via YouTube.
First, White aims at pop singers, saying "Most performers don't use microphones anymore, you know. They say 90 percent of proper singers don't use microphones that have cords on them and they don't use microphones that have regular diaphragms anymore."
Then he sets his sight on Dave Grohl: "If you're the Foo Fighters... we'd be having a second guitar player playing the same parts I play right back here. So, in case I make a mistake he's still playing it for you. We're gonna 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. That's how I play music!"
The Foo Fighters have taken the controversy in stride, posting this funny picture on their Twitter account:
Busted....behold, the secret of the Foo Fighters sound.... pic.twitter.com/xbUUTwuyAt
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) September 18, 2014
Interestingly enough, Jack White and the Foo Fighters use the same publicist company, called Nasty Little Man. This joint press release was posted earlier today:
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 utmost 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.
All is well in the rock n roll world? Does that mean Justin Bieber was deported? Anyway, I digress...
After the Foo Fighters comment, White quickly goes on to rip RollingStone.com and founding editor Jann Wenner, who also owns the tabloid Us Magazine. "Something for Rollingstone.com for tomorrow. I like to feed them something every day for their clickbait. If everyone could, in this whole stadium, please go to Rollingstone.com tomorrow. They've paid me zero dollars to plug them so make sure they get at least a million mouse clicks tomorrow...
"That number again, Rollingstone.com, brought to you by the Kardashian family. Fifteen outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month. Ten reasons why Rollingstone.com didn't cover the Newport Folk Festival for 50 years straight. Twelve reasons Rolling Stone won't put a black and white cover on the cover of their magazine unless you're dead!"
As he's wrapping up, White adds some levity to the situation, saying "I'm officially supposed to stop now because this is becoming a Kanye West-esque rant for Rollingstone.com. Because apparently nowadays you're not allowed to speak to your own fans about anything, lest it be a rant. OK? So forget ISIS. Forget the war in the Middle East. Forget any problems at home. Forget gay marriage. Forget everything you ever thought about anything. This is not a rant. This is just me saying, 'Hello Cleveland!' ... Yeah, baby! Brought to you by Rollingstone.com."
The irony, of course, is that this is one of the most reported music stories of today and it's total click bait. Nice job, Jack White.