Jack White Peeves Crowd With Abrupt Short Set In NYC

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Jack White has been touring hard in support of his solo album Blunderbuss. Perhaps all that touring is beginning to wear on him or perhaps it was the sound or just something else, but on Saturday night his ended his Radio City Music Hall show after just 55 minutes.

Reports eluded to the fact that he was displeased with the crowd’s enthusiasm. At one point he asked the crowd, “Jesus, is this an NPR Convention?”

White did make it through 12 songs, mostly from his new album, before he left the stage. The audience and ushers were confused, assuming his exit was some kind of intermission. However after about 20 minutes, the lights came back on and when it was clear the show was over, the crowd, none too pleased, chanted expletives at White.

According to the New York Observer, a member of the security team told a reporter: “He wasn’t happy with the sound. I don’t know why he pulled that.”

Jack White plays the Virgin Mobile Festival this Saturday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion, just outside of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.