Jack White has revealed that he is set to take a break from live performance “for a long period of time”.
Following his appearance at the second Coachella Festival this coming weekend (April 17-19), White will embark on a short acoustic tour of the five states in the US he has yet to play. The gigs will not be announced until 8am on the day of performance and will be the first totally full acoustic shows White has ever done.
He will be backed by an acoustic quartet comprising Fats Kaplin, Lillie Mae Rische and Dominic Davis for the shows. Tickets will only cost $3 and will be sold on the door at the venue from 12 midday on a first come, first served basis.
White will then retire from live performance for an as-yet-unknown period of time, with a statement announcing: “After many years of performing in a multitude of configurations, Jack White is announcing that he will be taking a break from performing live for a long period of time.”
The former White Stripes frontman headed up the second day of the first weekend of Coachella Festival on Saturday (April 11). He played a ferocious set, which included material from The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, such as ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’, ‘Hello Operator’, ‘Ball and Biscuit’ and ‘Steady, As She Goes’, as well as a cover of Otis Redding’s ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’. “You can clap along,” said White before ‘We’re Going to Be Friends’. “I ain’t gonna be mad at you.”
Backed by a full band, including violin player Lillie Mae Rische, at one point White asked that the audience “”put your fucking phones down for five seconds”. He finished the epic set with ‘Seven Nation Army’, which saw a mass singalong from the huge crowd.