Jack White Pens Open Letter Over Contract and Tour Rider Leaks

Jack White has published an open letter addressing the recent leaking of his tour rider and the media’s coverage of it. As previously reported, prior to White’s recent show at the University of Oklahoma, the student newspaper published the rocker’s contract with the school, as well as his tour rider. The latter included a few eye-raising items, including a no-banana policy and a step-by-step recipe for guacamole. White addressed the newspaper during the concert, saying,

‘Just because you can type it on your computer doesn’t make it right.’ Later, White’s booking agency WME reportedly told the university that it had been blacklisted from future concerts with WME artists.

In his open letter — titled ‘For god sakes. Are we all this bored?” — White chastised the media for its continued coverage of the story, which he described as nothing more than click-bait. He clarified that the guacamole recipe was his tour manager’s ‘inside joke,’ explaining, ‘It’s just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. Though i wouldn’t know because I’ve never had it. I can’t even make Kool Aid let alone cook any real food enough to have a ‘recipe.’ sorry, i don’t have that talent. As for the prohibiting of bananas, White attributed it to a food allergy suffered by someone involved in his tour.

White said 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.’


dear journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva,

even in the age of the short attention span internet article, it’s still hard to believe you are STILL writing about this:


wow. classy.

seems like there’s a new rule number one for up and coming journalists: don’t let the facts get in the way of click bait. at the risk of incurring even more of this hoo haa (and i’ve definitely turned my cheek more than once lately) and even though our management sent out a letter to clarify this, and since this seems to be all anyone can ask me about lately, here’s the real deal, and hopefully it’ll explain this nonsensical scenario and we can move on with our lives. (or what have you).

first off, this is none of your business, but i have no specific demands in my dressing room. i know i could ask for lots of things but i actually don’t ask for ANYTHING. i take with me what i need, and that ain’t much. anything on the rider is for the band and the crew. this “guacamole recipe” is my hilarious tour managers inside joke with the local promoters, it’s his recipe, not mine. it’s just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. though i wouldn’t know because i’ve never had it. i can’t even make kool aid let alone cook any real food enough to have a “recipe.” sorry, i don’t have that talent.

bananas: did it occur to anyone someone on the tour might have an allergy to them? no? hmmm. one day some fantasy journalist out there will call someone in the biz and actually have a rider explained to them, maybe none of them have ever been on tour. oh well, let’s move on, first amendment issues: i fully believe in the freedom of the press (though the supposed search for truth from the press requires microscopes and a some morton salt), and i also defend anyone’s right to free speech (just look at my lack of respect for grammar in this letter and tell me i’m not for communicating freely) and i defend the right to free information in regards to public funds, but never in my 20 years of playing shows has my contract and tour rider been published in the paper that i recall.

do you know why we don’t do that or want that? a hundred articles about bananas, free speech, and guacamole is why; it’s because people don’t understand what a rider is or what the terms of a contract are. they’re out of their element, and you can’t blame them for it. and people who write about that know this. 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. some people bring their own living rooms on tour, some people ask for a huge spread. who cares? what you’re looking for is someone throwing a tantrum because they didn’t get their brown m and m’s, sorry to disappoint.

someone printed that i’m never going to oklahoma again? not true. i love oklahoma, that’s why i booked this show instead of playing chicago or atlanta for four times as much money. ask around in tulsa. i’ve been there at least three times on these last two albums. i love it there. 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. of course they are going to tell them to wise up.

am i pissed at the students at oklahoma university? absolutely not. am i disappointed in young journalists at their school paper? absolutely. but i forgive them, they’re young and have learned their lesson about truth and ethics hopefully. all they have to do is google this to know that it’s not worth it. look for real problems instead next time. look for the truth, not fake drama. i got pissed during my show and berated the crowd? no. sorry, didn’t happen. i made jokes about the paper publishing that info, so which of us is thin skinned? they have freedom of speech but i don’t? at my show? ok. i guess the rules change for different people. the crowd were amazing and we played for 2 and a half hours that night. people were told to delete photos on their camera? i dont know much about that but it must be a miscommunication about what was public property at the college and the contract we had with the university to let us do our work in peace; but i’ll give you an example, if someone working at a theater we played at started taking pictures of all of our workers and our gear they’d probably get fired by their theater or promoter. sorry to the student paper budding press papparazzi on that one, but is this a tmz assignment or can you give us some peace while we try to put on a show for the students? give us a break man.

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.

i think that’s everything, can i go back to making music now? no? ok. crochet it is.

jack white

Def Leppard Announces Massive US Summer Tour with Styx and Tesla

Def Leppard is set to cause some hysteria across the U.S. this summer. The veteran British rockers have announced dates for an expansive tour with special guests Styx and Tesla. The trek is scheduled to get under way on June 23 in Tampa, Florida, and is mapped out all the way through an October 4 show in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The tour features nearly 50 dates and includes stops in such major cities as Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; Kansas City, Missouri; Cincinnati; Nashville; Dallas; St. Paul, Minnesota; Louisville, Kentucky; and Denver; and well as in the New York City, Boston, Detroit, San Diego and Chicago areas. The trek also includes one Canadian show, a July 14 gig in Toronto.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott tells Billboard.com he’s looking forward to hitting the road with Styx and Tesla, noting that his group has “toured with both of these bands” in the past.

“Styx is a great bunch of guys and as American as mom’s apple pie all the way through,” he declares. “And we had Tesla on board when we did the Hysteria tour back in ’87; they were out for at least six or seven months with us before they went off to do their own thing. So it’ll be a great time on stage and backstage, I think.”

Tickets for the select shows go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. local time via LiveNation.com. Pre-sale tickets will be available to Citi card members through Citi’s Private Pass program starting Wednesday, February 18, at noon local time. For more information about specific concerts, visit DefLeppard.com.

Prior to the summer outing with Styx and Tesla, Def Leppard will head out on spring solo tours of Canada and Europe.

Here are all of Def Leppard’s forthcoming North American dates with Styx and Tesla:

4/15 — Penticton, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre*
4/17 — Victoria, Canada, Save on Foods Memorial Centre*
4/18 — Vancouver, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
4/20 — Dawson Creek, Canada, EnCana Events Centre*
4/22 — Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome*
4/23 — Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place*
4/25 — Lethbridge, Canada, Enmax Centre*
4/26 — Regina, Canada, Brandt Centre*
4/28 — Saskatoon, Canada, SaskTel Centre*
4/29 — Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre*
5/2 — Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre*
5/4 — Ottawa, Canada, TD Place Arena*
5/5 — London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens*
6/23 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/25 — West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
6/27 — Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/28 — Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/30 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/2 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/3 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/5 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/7 — Gilford, MD, Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook
7/9 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/11 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/12 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/14 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/15 — Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre*
7/17 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/21 — Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino*
7/23 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/24 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/7 — Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground*
8/8 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
8/10 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena*
8/11 — Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
8/14 — Sedalia, MO, Missouri State Fair
8/15 — Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair
8/17 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/18 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/21 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/22 — Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/23 — Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/27 — St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
8/28 — Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
8/30 — Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/1 — Allentown, PA, The Great Allentown Fair
9/3 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
9/4 — Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/5 — Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
9/16 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
9/17 — Ridgefield, WA, Amphitheater Northwest
9/19 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/22 — Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/23 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/25 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/26 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/28 — West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater
9/30 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
10/2 — Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
10/4 — Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Civic Center

* = Def Leppard only.

Black Label Society Embark on ‘Unblackened’ Tour this Spring

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, fronted by guitar icon Zakk Wylde, will embark on the “Unblackened” tour in April. Originally performed as a one-night-only concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles for a live CD/DVD release two years ago, the show will now make its way across the U.S. The performance will feature intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as tracks from Wylde’s solo album “Book Of Shadows” and his southern rock band PRIDE & GLORY.

‘I always wanted to take ‘Unblackened’ on the road, [but] we just didn’t have the time until now,’ said Wylde. ‘You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times and rearrange it, and all of a sudden it’s something totally fresh. The attitude of the songs doesn’t change when we play them acoustically — the tunes are gritty regardless.’

The new dates are as follows:

April 03 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
April 04 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
April 06 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
April 08 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
April 09 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
April 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
April 12 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
April 14 – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
April 16 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater
April 17 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
April 18 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
April 19 – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove of Anaheim

Support on the trek will come from WINO.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY’s latest studio album, ‘Catacombs Of The Black Vatican’, sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart.


Record Store Day 2015 is April 18, and Dave Grohl is now following in Jack White and Chuck D’s footsteps as the official leader of activities for Record Store Day. Along with the announcement, he recorded this video discussing the first record he ever bought and how that inspired him to be in a band.

Seagullmen: Tool and Mastodon Join Forces for New Supergroup

The Legend of the Seagullmen is the name of a wacky nautical-themed supergroup featuring Mastodon frontman Brent Hinds and Tool drummer Danny Carey, as well as OFF!’s Dimitri Coats and movie director Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who, Jonah Hex), who serves as the project’s producer.

Two songs from the Seagullmen — ‘The Deep-Sea Diver’ and ‘Ships Wreck’ — have been released through the band’s website and are streaming below.

It’s unclear whether this is merely a one-off collaboration or something that’ll go on for a while, but with Tool’s new studio album stuck in developmental hell, Carey certainly has some free time on his hands.

Here’s a link to the two songs the band has already released, again no word on any Seagulmenn future plans


Ozzy Osbourne Faces $27,000 Bat Removal Bill


Ozzy Osbourne will have to pay $27,400 to have an infestation of bats removed from his home.

It’s not what you think. Ozzy isn’t hoarding an evil army of bats, or even keeping them for consumption at a later date. Turns out that bats are all protected in the UK and Ozzy wants to build some apartments. So he’s gotta take care of these bats.

The bats have been living there since May but Ozzy finally got permission to have them removed. He still has to get a license before they can be removed. Maybe the bats knew he was the Prince of Darkness and decided to make the barn on his property their home knowing it would be a huge hassle. It’s not like Ozzy can go all himself on the bats and start chomping, because then he’d be in a lot of trouble under the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

If Ozzy had them removed illegally he would be facing a fine up to $7,600 per bat or a 6 month jail sentence. All of this is so un-metal!



Foo Fighters played the Austin City Limits stage this past weekend as one of the final acts of the season. The hour-long set included nine songs, ranging from Sonic Highways material and all their other hits.

“Times Like These”
“The Feast and the Famine”
“What Did I Do?/God as My Witness” (with Gary Clark Jr.)
“Tuff Enuff” (with Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan)
“I’ll Stick Around”
“Best of You”