Following a performance at the University of Oklahoma (OU), Jack White and his booking agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, have canceled any and all possible future performances at the university. The announcement from White and his agency comes subsequent to an article published by The Oklahoma Daily detailing various stipulations on White’s contract rider.
According to Pitchfork, Jack White, known for his past work as the singer and guitarist of bands like the White Stripes and the Dead Weather, played OU’s McCasland Field House Monday night, February 2nd. The Oklahoma Daily piece ran the day before the performance and offered up the entire rider, with the text highlighting several fascinating tidbits of information, such as how White and company like their custom guacamole prepared, pre-show.
“Mix all ingredients in a large bowl,” the rider states, “careful not to mush the avocados too much.” It goes on: “We want it chunky. Once properly mixed and tested, add the pits into the guacamole and even out the top with a spoon or spatula. Add ½ lime to the top later so you cover more of the surface with the juice (The pits and lime will keep it from browning prematurely.) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until served. Please don’t make it too early before it’s served. We’d love to have it around 5 pm.”
“White’s not messing around,” the Oklahoma Daily article states glibly. And, from the looks of things now, it appears he wasn’t. The artist reportedly referenced the piece during his performance, stating, “Just because you can type it on your computer doesn’t make it right.”
“We agree completely,” The Oklahoma Daily wrote back in a barb-ridden follow-up piece. “White did not ever talk with us. We never met in person, over the phone or through email with him. Yes, this was a White lie,” the writer jokes, making a pun one can be sure Jack White’s never heard before in his life.
The Oklahoma Daily continues: “As for harm, no harm was done to White unless you count his ego. But it’s important to understand that we didn’t publish that information to embarrass White. We published the information because students need to know how their money is being spent — even if it’s being spent on homemade guacamole and aged salami with a sharp knife.”
As for the Daily, their reporting may come off as somewhat disingenuous, but they were careful to point out that all the information published is available to the public. The paper also published a second follow-up yesterday, which covered the statement made to them by William Morris. The agency, the paper reports, has barred its entire roster from any prospective performances on OU’s campus.