Short Jack White Set Sparks Fanpocalypse in New York

Jack White / Photo by Getty Images
Jack White / Photo by Getty Images
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<P>Chatter about Jack White's abbreviated show at New York's Radio City Music Hall last night has officially lasted longer than the concert itself. White played a 12-song set before reportedly abruptly leaving the stage (by comparison, the night prior in Boston, he performed 20 songs, which seems to be the average on his <i>Blunderbuss</i> tour). As the <a href="http://observer.com/2012/09/jack-white-abruptly-ends-radio-city-show-lea... Target="blank">New York Observer reports</a>, fans did not react well, chanting, "Fuck Jack White!," attempting to return merch, and assembling near the backstage exit to protest. Twitter lit up with the hyperbolic hashtag #JackWhiteDebacle.</p>

<p>"The mini-mob became more enraged when deliverymen showed up to bring multiple pizza pies back stage," notes the Observer, who reports fans waited around the venue confused for a while, unsure whether the singer/guitarist would return since <i>Blunderbuss</I> shows often feature sets by both his all-male and all-female backing bands.</p>

<p>White has yet to release a statement about the show, and speculation over why he cut the set short has led to a variety of rumors &#8212; that he was disappointed in the crowd's energy (he asked, "Jesus Christ, is this an NPR convention?" at one point); that he had a disagreement with a shirtless man in the front row; that he was dissatisfied with the venue's sound. </p>

<p>Tickets for the Radio City shows ran from $40 to $90 before fees ($53.65 to $106.85 with add-on costs), which means those with the cheapest tickets paid approximately $4.50 a song and those with the priciest seats shelled out nearly 9 bucks per track. </p>

<p>Wall Street Journal writer Barbara Chai <a href="https://twitter.com/barbarachai/status/252184683478130688" Target="blank">tweeted</a> that she had seen White pre-show in his dressing room, when nothing seemed amiss: "Hung out a little with Jack White in his dressing room @RadioCity. He said last time he was in that room was with @thestrokes." </p>

<p>White plays the same venue again tonight.</p>

<p><b>The Controversially Short Set List:</b><br>
"Black Math"<br>
"Cannon"<br>
"Sixteen Saltines"<br>
"Missing Pieces"<br>
"Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground"<br>
"I Cut Like a Buffalo"<br>
"Top Yourself"<br>
"Love Interruption"<br>
"I Guess I Should Go to Sleep"<br>
"Hypocritical Kiss"<br>
"Take Me With You When You Go"<br>
"Ball and Biscuit"</p>

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