Jack White fans populated New York City for his two shows at the Radio City Music Hall. Unfortunately, the Saturday night attendees did not get the full show as promised. To make up for it, White played a much longer set the following night. Read on for more details.
About 40-50 minutes after beginning his set, Jack White left the stage and never came back. This ignited an angry crowd, after they eventually realized that he was not returning to the microphone. According to The Observer:
Jack White is playing a pair of shows at Radio City Music Hall this weekend and last night’s sold out concert was short on songs and long on drama. The former White Stripes frontman abruptly left the stage after an hour prompting a crowd of irate fans to take to the streets.
Mr. White’s show began with a rollicking set featuring songs from his recent solo album, Blunderbuss, and tracks from his bands; The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. From our seat in the nosebleeds, it seemed as though Mr. White’s music was enthusiastically received by the crowd. However, after about forty-five minutes, Mr. White suddenly left the stage.
Thinking this was the standard concert tease that often occurs prior to an encore, the vast majority of the audience remained, clapping and cheering in an effort to encourage Mr. White to retake the stage. After over twenty minutes, all of the house lights were turned on and ushers began to make their way through the crowd informing them the show was finished.
“The show is over. We don’t know why. You’ll probably find out on a blog, MediaTakeOut or some other source,” one said.
There have been several speculations as to why the set was suddenly cut short. Some say that the crowd energy and sound was not enough for White, while others have speculated that he was “angry at the amount of scalpers who bought tickets.” Whatever the reason, it remains unknown. At least for Sunday night’s performance, he made up for lost time and played a longer set.