Jack White played a 45 minute concert at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night and ended without an encore, both facts that angered fans who paid big bucks to see the rocker perform.
Touring in support of his new album Blunderbuss White simply walked off the stage, leaving fans to wonder if he was taking an early set break or preparing for an extended encore performance.
Instead 5,000 fans, most who paid more than $40 per ticket were left with a shortened concert and no explanation.
Making matters worse was that many fans began clapping and cheering for more Jack White songs but instead they soon became angered when the show ended. Some fans began to chant “F— Jack White!”
Other fans simply returned the overpriced concert merchandise they had just purchased.
One fans sentiments on Twitter seemed to echo the feelings of most fans, Brian Pluta tweeted:
“I just paid $90 a ticket to see Jack White play for less than an hour? F— that guy.”
Speculation over why Jack White walked off the stage includes a less-than-enthusiastic response from fans and White’s hatred for scalpers who sold many of the tickets. According to Yahoo News another source points to poor acoustics at Radio City Hall.
This would not be the first time Jack White has complained about acoustic’s the Boston Herald’s Jed Gottlieb wrote in his review:
“Jack White is a control freak. Yes, he’s obsessed with a sound, image and branding devoted to making him look like a mad genius. As he should be, that’s what’s rock ‘n’ roll is about.” White eventually “relaxed into the night,” the Herald said, with “a set of new songs, White Stripes classics, Raconteurs gems and a Hank Williams cover.”
Jack White taking total control of his concerts is nothing new, the rock god has banned cell phones because of the “shiny blue triangles” that distracted him from the stage.
The average length of a Jack White concert? Two hours.