Jack White Angers New York Fans With Short Set
Is Jack White showing his true stripes?
The musician angered fans Saturday night by playing an abbreviated set at Radio City Music Hall without following it up with an encore.
Reports of how long White played vary, but one concert goer tells THR he performed for about an hour. There was no announcement that the concert had ended after White abruptly left the stage.
“Nobody left because we couldn't believe it was over,” the attendee says.
Speculation spread as to why the set was so short. A New York Observer reporter, who was at the concert, tweeted a Radio City security guard said White was unhappy with the sound. Another fan guessed White was angry many of the tickets had been purchased by scalpers.
Regardless of the reason, the concert sparked plenty of Twitter venom.
Well at least I can finally give an answer to the worse concert I've ever been to.Jack White at Radio City.— Travis Tefft (@travistefft) September 30, 2012
People are returning they're Jack White merchandise at the gift shop. I am not kidding— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) September 30, 2012
Jack white just ended the show - an hour into it?? Confused!— Andrea Smith (@SmithAsmith4712) September 30, 2012
Jack White does NOT DESERVE to play in NEW YORK. EVER again.— John Kushay (@JKush28) September 30, 2012
45 minutes no encore? Wtf jack white. Audience refused to leave until they dropped the curtain. #HipsterRage— Carissa Viera (@carissa_viera) September 30, 2012
I've been waiting for an encore for longer than Jack White's set. Several hundred people keep talking about him coming out for a diehard set— Jeremy Current (@jeremycurrent) September 30, 2012
I've been wanting to see Jack White for years. He played for 50 (amazing) min and then left without an encore.#thanksjack— Carly Foulkes (@FoulkesCarly) September 30, 2012
This Jack White encore at Radio City is amazing! He's crushing it! twitter.com/tomgam/status/…— Tom Ganjamie (@tomgam) September 30, 2012
But soon after the news broke of the tweets coming from White's unhappy fans, other Twitter users came to White's defense.
"This is bullshit! Jack White only played an hour! Riot! Everyone riot!" -people politely exiting Radio City while composing tweets— Tom Ganjamie (@tomgam) September 30, 2012
This is the angriest I've seen wealthy ex-hipsters since they canceled Arrested Development. #jackwhite— microtony (@microtony) September 30, 2012
"I had a bet with Jack White tonight that he couldn't make his fans whine more than they already do. Jack won."— Joe Dirty Said It (@joedirtysaidit) September 30, 2012
For fans upset with the lack of encore, White will be giving one (of sorts) Sunday, when he is scheduled to play another sold-out show at Radio City.