Foo Fighters respond to Jack White dig, while White backtracks on comments

Band post picture of monkey playing guitar

Foo Fighters have responded to Jack White‘s apparently light-hearted comment with a tweet posted last night (September 18).

White this week told an audience at Boston’s Fenway Park that “most performers don’t use microphones anymore, you know,” and most singers “don’t use microphones that have cords on them.” He went on to claim that Foo Fighters use a second guitar player whose job is to “play the same parts” as the main band, to cover up mistakes.

Foo Fighters responded by tweeting a picture of a monkey playing an acoustic guitar, with the message: “Busted… behold, the secret of the Foo Fighters sound.”

Meanwhile, Jack White’s representatives issued a statement to the US media overnight explaining that White was joking and has upmost (sic) respect for Foo Fighters.

The statement reads: “Dear dream-makers of the media….

Last night Jack White made a joke on stage!

There was a minor equipment mishap, specifically with his guitar, and in an effort to keep his audience engaged, he made a joke! It was meant to be funny and self deprecating: “hey sorry, you’re stuck with just me up here…” vs the Foo Fighters who have three guitar players on stage and regularly play stadium shows.

Jack has the upmost respect for the Foo Fighters and communicated with Grohl this morning.

So if you’ll let us, we’ll all continue with our day and we assure you: All is well in the rock n roll world.”

Jack White‘s self-described as a “Kanye West-esque rant” also took pot shots at US music magazine Rolling Stone, saying its website is “brought to you by the Kardashian family” and that it publishes content such as “15 outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month” and “12 reasons Rolling Stone won’t put a black and white cover on the cover of their magazine unless you’re dead.”

Audio recorded by a member of the audience can be heard below.