Adele, Lana Del Rey, Meg White, and The Black Keys were targets of some of Jack White’s remarks in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, but now the musician is attempting to unruffle some feathers with a statement clarifying some of what he said during the interview.
After explaining how he believed he has been forced into discussing matters he’d rather have kept private because of legal action and the release of some of his private correspondence, White stated:
“There are a lot of things that only people around me can know about or understand, but despite all of that I want to say this: I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get. I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world. I hope for massive success also for their producer and songwriter Danger Mouse and for the other musicians that their band employs. Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top ten for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career.”
White also said that rather than give a ‘no comment’ response to some of Rolling Stone’s questions, he tried to answer the questions they asked but his answers were “the type of comments that are to be made to producers, engineers, and managers who thoroughly understand the behind-the-scenes of what we do all day long. I should’ve been smarter to know that it would be pointless to use comparisons like I did to readers who most likely don’t understand the scenario and that my words would seem very negative in nature. That’s not me trying to sound like I’m above anyone, it was just ‘shop talk’ and it sounded a lot more negative than it was meant to.”
White went on to apologize to those he had offended. “I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele. All of whom are wonderful performers with amazing voices. I have their records and I hope for more success for them all as the years go on. They deserve all they’ve gotten. And, I also would love to state that I personally find it inspiring to have powerful, positive female voices speaking out and creating at all times in the mainstream, and all of those singers do just that, so I thank them.”
Read the entire letter on Jack White’s official website.
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