Jack White speaks exclusively to NME.COM just before going on stage at Reading - where he covers Yeah Yeah Yeahs...

WHITE STRIPES have finally made it to the CARLING WEEKEND: READING FESTIVAL – and have told NME.COM it’s likely to be the last time they’ll play here.

The Detroit duo were due to appear on the bill in 2003, but pulled out after Jack White was involved in a car crash, leading the band to pull out of dates.

However, the group headline this evening. In an NME.COM world exclusive, Jack White said that he was over the moon to be at the historic festival, although now they’ve headlined, it’s unlikely they’ll come back.

He said: “We got offered it last year and didn’t know if we should do it (headline) because we thought, ‘Maybe we’ll never play again’. After you’ve headlined, maybe you should never play again. So, now we’re headlining so maybe we’ll never play it again! But that’s OK, I don’t mind that. I don’t like to repeat things.”

Jack said that the festival’s history helped persuade the group to come to Reading.

He continued: “If kids in America talk about the Reading Festival then it must be pretty big!”

The band’s set included a cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Maps’, as well as a host of old favourites including ‘Hello Operator’, ‘You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)’, ‘Hotel Yorba’ and set closer ‘Seven Nation Army’.

Jack White told the crowd: “Thank you England for being so good to us.”

The set was:

‘Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground’

‘Black Math’

‘When I Hear My Name’

‘The Hardest Button To Button’

‘I Want To Be The Boy To Warm Your Mother’s Heart’

‘Death Letter’

‘Hotel Yorba’

‘Apple Blossom’

‘You’re Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)’

‘Hello Operator’

‘We’re Going To Be Friends’

‘I’m Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman’

‘Small Faces’

‘Ball And Biscuit’


‘Let’s Build A Home’

‘St James’ Infirmary’

‘Fell In Love With A Girl’

‘I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself’


‘Seven Nation Army’