Jack White has spoken honestly and openly about his lack of interest in playing festival shows, his struggles in life and the breakdown in his relationship with former White Stripes bandmate Meg White.
The revelations came in a new online Q&A published on White’s own website. This latest round of questions follows a similar one last week in which he defended his involvement with the streaming service Tidal and what the company is attempting to achieve.
In this latest quiz, White was asked about the chances of The White Stripes reforming. However, White painted a negative picture, saying: “She (Meg) doesn’t answer her phone.” When another fan asked if he would perform with her again White replied, “Nope, that time is gone.” Asked what might happen if the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, White responded, “doubt it, and doubt it.”
White was similarly downbeat about live performances, which he recently cut back on significantly. Despite being a regular on the touring and festival circuit, White said he’s not interested in a large share of the gigs he plays.
He admitted: “I’d say half the shows I play I’d rather not play. Festivals for example. But I have to make the best of it and try to get inspired.”
Elaborating on the subject of festivals, White continued: “It’s hard when the people who organise festivals basically control my life. I have to book shows around their offer that I can’t refuse. It’s very expensive to tour, people think that’s how musicians make their money these days sadly, but it’s hard to go on the road no matter what size you are … only seated theaters for acoustic shows for the rest of my days.”
White later added: “Sometimes creating in a closet and never releasing it has it’s advantages.”
The full Q&A is only available if you subscribe to White’s Third Man Records membership.
Last year White again suggested that he has no relationship with Meg White anymore after The White Stripes officially ended in 2011. Speaking at the time, White said: “I don’t think anyone talks to Meg. She’s always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I’d have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it’s almost never.”