The Keys v Stripes rivalry was reported to have plumbed new depths on Sunday night.
A stormy altercation between two of America’s premier rock musicians has raged and blown itself out in the last 24 hours. Earlier today, the Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney alleged that former White Stripes frontman Jack White tried to start a fight with him in a New York bar on Sunday night (September 13th).
In a series of Twitter posts on Monday, the Keys sticksman wrote: “I’ve never met Jack White. Until last night.” He then alleges White visited to a bar Carney often frequents with friends and “tried to fight me.” Carney says, “A 40-year-old bully tried to fight the 35-year-old nerd,” then describing White as “basically Billy Corgan’s dumb-ass Zero t-shirt in human form.”
When asked about the incident, White responded to Entertainment Weekly: “Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or ‘bullied’ you. You were asked a question you couldn’t answer so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story.”
Carney then clarified things further a few hours later, revealing that the two had patched things up and come to an understanding. “I got into music because of people like him,” he told EW in a statement, clearly still bristling slightly. “The bully assholes who made me feel like nothing. Music was a collaborative and non-competitive thing. So, to get macho bull**** from within the musical community makes me angry and sad.” He then tweeted: “Talked to Jack for an hour he’s cool. All good.”
Talked to jack for an hour he's cool. All good.— Patrick Carney (@patrickcarney) September 14, 2015
The Black Keys and Jack White don’t exactly have the most collegiate of relationships. In a leaked e-mail exposed in late 2013, he accused the duo of ripping off the White Stripes’ sound. “I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s the Black Keys.” However, he soon apologised for his comments in a letter published on his website.
You may have a long enough cultural memory to recall another of White’s beefs with a fellow musician of a similar musical style. In December 2003, he was arrested in Detroit following an altercation with Jason Stollsteimer of The Von Bondies (remember them?) He was ordered to take anger management classes and fined $750 after being charged with misdemeanour assault.
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