Jack White went to the The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to discuss his recent engagement and to perform “What’s The Trick?”
White has done so much recently, it was only fitting he talk to Colbert to hash it all out. Before diving in, Colbert makes fun of White for rarely joining talk shows (“They’re contractually tax-related obligations once a year,” said White) and White’s new blue do (“If you stick out you’re tongue you got red, white, and blue, you’re an American flag,” Colbert said.)
White performed the National Anthem at the Detroit Tigers game only hours before proposing and marrying his wife, Olivia Jean, on stage at his homecoming concert last week. Because White’s anthem rendition went well and the Tigers won the game, he felt all signs were pointing for him to propose that night.
After talking about a baseball-bat-smelling sofa chair White made (he owns half a baseball bat company in Texas), White explained that his own Third Man Records is slated to press a full-length, never-before-released Prince record, Camille. (“He’s a pretty good musician,” White understatedly joked about Prince.) White says that Prince recorded the album under the guise of “Camille” and sped up his voice on the tape machine to sort of sound feminine. Initially, Prince had pressed, printed, and labeled the record after he first wrote it and at the last minute decided to pull the album. As some of the songs have been released over time, White is pressing the record in its entirety for the first time.
White then shared his memory of his only meeting with Prince, when Prince gave him some worldly advice: “don’t let anyone tell you how to play your guitar, Jack.”
White went on the perform an electric “What’s The Trick?” off his latest record, Fear Of The Dawn. He plans to return to The Late Show in July after he releases his second record of this year, Entering Heaven Alive.