Jack White on music in the Internet age

It’s been a wild ride for rocker Jack White, who just dropped one of two new albums on fans for 2022 — plus a tour to support the release — as well as a bombshell surprise wedding on the trek’s opening night in his hometown. Just before setting the tour in motion, White called in to talk with Audacy’s The Church of Lazlo about new music and a whole lot more.

Listen to the chat below, and check out your favorite Jack White tracks and more on Audacy’s White Stripes Radio

White officially kicked off his current Supply Chain Issues tour at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre on Friday with a career-spanning set including his solo hits and more from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather. In the midst of the evening, Jack invited his girlfriend, Olivia Jean, to perform “Hotel Yorba,” then surprised those in the crowd by asking, “it’s been such a great day, mind if we get married right now?” His on-stage wedding, which you can see in this fan-shot footage, topped an amazing day that also included a stop at his hometown ballpark to help his Detroit Tigers celebrate opening day.

“It’s so cool to be back in Detroit to start everything off, and to do it the day the album comes out; Tigers home opener the same day to do the national anthem which I’ve never done before, ” White says. “It’s been a wild day, so far.”

After a bit of baseball talk, the crew took a look back on the music of the early 2000s, which in retrospect can undoubtedly be labeled as one of the defining moments in Alternative Rock, and an overarching golden age of Rock N’ Roll in general. Most fans and critics (Church Of Lazlo crew included) would put Jack White at the top of the musical pyramid of that era, and they wondered if he’s confident that others will follow in his pioneering footsteps.

White explains: “it used to be like every ten years. Rock N’ Roll, for example, would have a rebirth every 10 years. It came out wild in the mid-’50s, then it kind of went a little bit tamer. Then The Beatles came out and it got wilder again, and then another 10 years later it was Punk that gave a whole new rebirth. Then 10, 12 years after that it was Grunge, and then another 10 years after that was the Garage Rock that we were a part of with The Strokes and The Hives, and The Vines, etc…”

Jack adds, “so then it was expected in about 2010, 2012 that it was going to happen again, but I think what had never happened before was the Internet existed for the first time. That really sort of delayed everything, and now I think you see there’s less sort of cliquey things. You don’t see people who only like Rock N’ Roll, or only like Hip Hop music.”

“A lot of the time most people like many different kinds of music now, which you didn’t have 20 years ago, as much. Now it’s harder for there to be a scene of music because of the Internet, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing,” he says. “I just think it just pushed back the idea of a whole movement happening in a big way where you see one kind of style of music in a general neighborhood that’s gonna be a big deal to people. That’s harder to accomplish now, because people have their tastes spread across so many different genres.”

Jack White’s Fear Of The Dawn is out now, featuring the lead single “Taking Me Back.” Check out the full tracklisting below, and a current list of tour dates right HERE.

1. Taking Me Back
2. Fear of the Dawn
3. The White Raven
4. Hi-De-Ho (feat. Q-Tip)
5. Eosophobia
6. Into the Twilight
7. Dusk
8. What’s the Trick?
9. That Was Then (This Is Now)
10. Eosophobia (Reprise)
11. Morning, Noon and Night
12. Shedding My Velvet

Listen to more of your favorite music on Audacy’s all-new Alterna 00s,’90s and ChillALT RootsArena RockWake Up and Rock, and The Roots of Rock stations — plus check out our talent-hosted Kevan Kenney’s Music Discovery, Megan Holiday’s My So Called ’90s Playlist and Scott Lowe on the Go’s Post Modern Music Box!

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