When Jack White’s bizarre tour demands were published by the University of Oklahoma’s college newspaper, critics slammed the musician for his diva-like behavior — and now White is biting back.
The demands are from when White performed at the McCasland Field House in Oklahoma on Feb. 2, and they include a total ban on bananas and a recipe for how to make a special guacamole dip.
“Cut in half the long way, remove the pit — SAVE THE PITS THOUGH — and dice into large cubes with a butter knife,” part of the recipe states. “3 or 4 slits down, 3 or 4 across. You’ll scoop out the chunks with a spoon, careful to maintain the avocado in fairly large chunks.”
The “Lazaretto” hit maker has now fired back at the claims that his tour rider demands were diva-like. Taking to his website, White wrote a lengthy open letter titled “For God Sakes!” and addressed to “journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva.
“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,” White explained. “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.”
White also clarified why the tour was a “no banana tour” and why they did not “want to see bananas anywhere in the building” — and the explanation is actually a pretty simple one.
“bananas: did it occur to anyone someone on the tour might have an allergy to them? no? hmmm,” White wrote.
So, is White disappointed with the journalists of the college paper? You bet, but he’s taking the high road.
“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.”
We think that clears up all the drama.