JACK WHITE VS JASON VON BONDIE – THE RETURN

Jack tells his side of the story - and reveals all about a new White Stripes album...

JACK WHITE has spoken out about fighting, the new White Stripes album and his broken finger in a Q&A session with his fans.

In a frank interview published on [url=]www.whitestripes.net, the guitarist opened his heart following a dramatic year which has seen him in court, hospital and on stages around the world.

Speaking about the bust-up with White Stripes singer Jason Stollsteimer in Detroit’s Magic Stick club last year, White claimed Jason “completely exploited” the situation by releasing a photo to the press.

He claimed: “Take a look at it again. It’s a black eye once you wash the dried blood off. His face isn’t full of cuts.”

He continued: “I was so nice to Jason and his band you wouldn’t believe it. I let them rehearse in my house for free. I got them signed. I produced their album for free.”

White Stripes are set to play this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals between August 27-29 following their cancelled appearances last summer due to Jack breaking his finger in a car accident.

The guitarist had to undergo surgery on the injured digit and there was speculation that he may not be able to pick up his instrument again.

Looking back, White said: “After a lot of consideration I decided to not undergo a second surgery and just live with what I’ve got. It has made playing guitar a great deal more difficult. I had to relearn how to play chords with my other fingers, but in the end I think it’s made me a better player, if not just a sorer one!”

White also revealed details of the band’s follow-up album to 2003’s ‘Elephant’ and his wish to see more of Meg both on the record, and in person.

“I can’t tell you much,” he said. “I have some songs written and me and Meg may record this summer, but not too much is definite. I must say though that the time off has made me very inspired to write, and I’ve been writing for sure. What else is a boy to do? I ask you?”

He also hinted that there is currently the possibility of the band releasing a rarities and B-sides collection, saying: “There will definitely be a CD of all of White Stripes’ B-sides and what not coming out in the future. And possibly (a) whole record of the Italy catalogue. Possibly live Detroit things here and there, and possible (sic) a legal Peel Session record. All things when the time is right I suppose.”