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Jack White: Bring Back The Clapometer At Gigs

by | 23rd, May 2014



NOTICED how there’s a lot of rock musicians complaining about the modern world lately? Like lunatics shouting at cars for being evil horseless carriages, spewing out Satan’s plume, they gripe and bitch about every modern development… apart from the ones that make them money.

And so, to Jack White the most catholic musician in the universe who has criticised people at gigs who spend more time on their mobile phones than watching the gig itself.

He says that he is “wasting time” performing for people who “can’t even clap” because they have a phone in one paw, and a drink in the other.

“People can’t clap any more, because they’ve got a fucking texting thing in their fucking hand, and probably a drink, too!” White told Rolling Stone.

“Some musicians don’t care about this stuff, but I let the crowd tell me what to do. There’s no setlist. I’m not just saying the same things I said in Cleveland last night. If they can’t give me that energy back? Maybe I’m wasting my time.”

Or maybe he’s just not vital anymore? Or maybe he’s acting like a spoiled brat?

Thing is, you go to shows inhabited by young musicians and performers and, in 2014, phones are part of the process. Sometimes, they’re even party

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