On Saturday night, Jack Whitecut his sold-out performance at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall short, leaving suddenly after performing for less than an hour.
Over the course of the 12 songs he did play—which included “Sixteen Saltines,” “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and “Ball and Biscuit”—White addressed the crowd’s noise level several times, at one point likening them to an “NPR convention,” while later calling for them to quiet down.
After White left the stage, the audience remained in the venue, believing White had only left for an intermission or to wait for casual fans to leave before resuming the show for the diehards. Eventually fans began to boo and yell slurs once techs started to disassemble White and the band’s equipment.
No word was given as to why White left the stage, and the confusion only riled up more ire amongst jilted fans, most of whom had paid at least $40 to attend. Several fans reportedly tried to return merchandise they bought before the show, and many engaged in “Fuck Jack White” chants as they left the venue. A small group waited outside to boo White once he emerged, banging on parked cars in the process.
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