Last night in New York City Jack White walked off stage after playing for 55 minutes, leaving the sold-out Radio City Music Hall crowd confused and volatile. While some fans tried to lure the band back out with a "Seven Nation Army" sing-along, others took a more conventional route—expletives and angry tweets.
There’s a lot of conjecture around why White called it quits after only an hour; a heated exchange with the archetypal “antagonistic shirtless dude” in the front row, sound trouble, and lack of audience involvement. "Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?" White asked the crowd after "Love Interruption" apparently earned a lack-luster response.
Roughly 100 fans reportedly gathered outside the venue to vent their anger by banging on parked cars. The frustrated expectations are understandable; White has been performing 2-hour sets for much of the Blunderbuss tour (he’s also been performing for free in laundromats and parking lots). But hour-long sets are industry standards. All this outrage raises the old question of musical entitlement—how much music does your ticket buy you?
Most of the concertgoers paid $40 to $90 for their seats. Should that price tag guarantee them anything? Perhaps Bradford Cox said it best during his March performance at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall; “You’ve had your hour of music. Whatever happens next is entirely up to me.” We’ll see what happens tonight during White’s second sold-out show.
The controversial set list (via Brooklyn Vegan):
Black Math (The White Stripes)
Cannon (The White Stripes)
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes)
I Cut Like a Buffalo (The Dead Weather)
Top Yourself (The Raconteurs)
I Guess I Should Go to Sleep
Take Me With You When You Go
Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes)