Jack White Ends Detroit Set Early, Pledges to Never Play Fox Theatre Again

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 07.29.14 in News

While Jack White eventually played two encores that eclipsed his main set at Detroit’s historic Fox Theatre yesterday, he walked off stage after just eight songs at the start of the night, citing the crowd’s general lack of enthusiasm.

“Several restless minutes passed before White and his five-piece band returned,” wrote Brian McCollum of the Detroit Free Press (via Consequence of Sound), “ripping into ‘Fell in Love With a Girl’ as White gestured at the crowd to engage. He soon paused to alternately tease and cajole the audience in the ornate room.”

And by that, McCollum means lines like, “I know as Detroiters you can overcome comfortable seating and beautiful lighting to make something as real as possible … We’re all together now. This isn’t Gone With the Wind in the 1930s, all right?”

Maybe fans were thrown off by White’s stage attire, which typically resembles something from the Boardwalk Empire era? Either way, he ultimately rescued the hometown show by plowing through a 22-song encore that included songs from his acclaimed solo album Lazaretto and White’s three bands from over the years: The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and The Raconteurs. Don’t expect him to grace the Fox stage again, though; as White put it at one point, “This’ll be the last time I play the Fox Theatre. It was a final piece of the puzzle — I saved it for a long time.”

Onto the next one then…

Jack White tour dates:
7/30 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
7/31 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
8/2 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
8/18 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
8/20 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
8/22 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
8/23 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
8/25 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
8/26 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
8/27 Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
8/28 Vancouver, BC – Deer Lake Park
8/30 Calgary, AB – X-Fest
8/31 Edmonton, AB – Sonic Boom
9/13 Raleigh, NC – Farm Aid Festival
9/14 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/15 Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center
9/17 Boston, MA – The Bleacher Theater at Fenway Park
9/19 Atlanta, GA – Music Midtown Festival
9/20 Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theater
9/21 Miami, FL – The Fillmore
9/24 Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
10/11 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
10/12 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
11/16 Brussels, Belgium – Forest National
11/17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Arena
11/18 Glasgow, UK – Hydro Arena
11/19 London, UK – 02 Arena