Jack White Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

31st May 2016

Fact: Jack White has recorded the theme song to Maya Rudolph and Martin Short's new variety show Maya and Marty, which debuts in America on Tuesday night (31May16).

26th February 2016

Fact: Jack White will double as relationship counsellor and musical guest on the U.S. season finale of The Muppets next week (01Mar16). As part of his stint with the beloved puppets, he'll attempt to bring former lovers Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog back together.

1st September 2015

Fact: Jack White's band The Dead Weather are to give their first live performance in five years on an upcoming episode of U.S. TV's The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this month (Sep15). The appearance will be to promote their new album Dodge and Burn, which is due for release on 25 September (15).

15th July 2015

Fact: This spring's (Apr15) Coachella shattered its own record as the world’s highest-grossing festival. The two-weekend event, which featured performances from AC DC, Jack White and Drake, grossed a massive $84.2 million (£56.1 million) from a total of 198,000 tickets sold. Last year (14), Coachella grossed $78.3 million (£52.2 million), with attendance topping 193,000 for the two weekends, according to Boxscore.

18th March 2015

Fact: Rocker Jack White and his Third Man Records partners are set to re-release Jay Z's Magna Carta... Holy Grail album as a seven-inch box set. The limited release collection will hit stores on 20 March (15).

29th January 2015

Fact: Jack White reunited with his The Raconteurs bandmates at his gig in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (28Jan15). He surprised the audience by bringing out Jack Lawrence, Brendan Benson and Jack Keeler for a rendition of their 2006 hit Steady As She Goes. The band has been on hiatus since 2011. White also invited country music star Loretta Lynn to the stage to perform their duet Portland, Oregon.

22nd January 2015

Fact: Jack White and 50 Cent are to be featured on a new set of Topps baseball cards. The new 'first pitch' collection will also feature Biz Markie, Jeff Bridges, Tom Morello and MACklemore, among others who threw out the ceremonial first pitch before baseball games last year (14) and got attention for it. Rapper 50 Cent won't want to be reminded of the pitch he hurled at Citi Field in New York in May (14) - he was ridiculed after throwing what many pundits called "the worst first pitch ever" before the New York Mets home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

28th November 2014

Fact: A tribute gig for late keyboardist Isaiah 'ikey' Owens will be held in Austin, Texas on Monday (01Dec14). The former Mars Volta instrumentalist passed away after suffering a heart attack in October (14) while on tour with Jack White. Local musicians will perform at the free concert, called Songs In The Key Of Ikey Owens.

4th August 2014

Fact: Jack White has scored a big hit with his Lazaretto vinyl release - it's become the best-selling album record since the 1994 release of Pearl Jam's Vitalogy. Lazaretto, which hit record stores in June (14) has sold 60,000 copies to date, also making it the most popular vinyl album of the year (14).

30th July 2014

Fact: Rocker Jack White returned to his native Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday (29Jul14) for a bizarre baseball moment before the home town Tigers' clash with the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. The former White Stripes star threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a catcher dressed up as Santa Claus. The rocker was also joined on the field by Detroit's tiger mascot, who was also dressed up as Father Christmas. No reason was given for the oddball baseball stunt.

26th July 2014

Fact: Jack White is to throw the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night (29Jul14).

25th June 2014

Quote: "Did you know the British sleeve of Elephant was made out of recycled elephant dung? We forgot to tell people about that at the time." Rocker Jack White lets slip a little fascinating fact about The White Stripes' 2003 album Elephant.

12th June 2014

Fact: The vinyl edition of rocker Jack White's new album, Lazaretto, features a hologram effect - an angel appears to hover above the record.

12th June 2014

Quote: "As a songwriter, that's the greatest thing that could ever happen. It becomes folk music because people take it over... They're chanting a melody, so as a songwriter, that's pretty unbelievable that that connected with people." Rocker Jack White loves the fact his White Stripes hit Seven Nation Army is played at sports stadiums around the world.

28th May 2014

Fact: Jack White has a disco ball once owned by country legend Johnny Cash hanging in his recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The rocker says, "It was just sitting crammed into a storage unit... gathering dust."

28th May 2014

Quote: "I could never go hunting and kill something. I look at it kind of like I'm rescuing these animals, giving them some place dignified to go." Rocker Jack White on his taxidermy collection, which includes a mounted elk's head in his studio in Nashville, Tennessee.

21st May 2014

Quote: "People can't clap anymore, because they've got a f**king texting thing in their f**king hand, and probably a drink, too!" Jack White insists concert audiences have changed now everyone has a handheld device.

20th April 2014

Fact: Rocker Jack White has set a new record for the world's fastest released single. The songwriter took the stage at his Third Man Studio in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday (19Apr14) as part of Record Store Day to record a track directly to vinyl at 10am. The single, featuring new song Lazaretto and a B-side cover of Elvis Presley's Power of My Love, was then rushed to a pressing plant, and copies were available for purchase a little less than four hours later.

22nd December 2013

Fact: Rocker Jack White reunited with his The Raconteurs bandmate Brendan Benson onstage in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday (19Dec13) to perform a trio of songs. The old pals teamed up for fans attending the David Lynch Foundation benefit gig and revisited hits Steady As She Goes and Hands, while also collaborating on Benson's own song, Good To Me.

7th March 2013

Quote: "Jack White is how I'd like to act. You can tell he isn't faking it and that the band really don't know what they're going to play next. It's abandon. He just lets himself go. Abandon plus skill plus technique. That's a great cocktail." Rachel Weisz has found an unusual acting inspiration in rocker Jack White.

10th February 2013

Quote: "When Karen (Elson) and I moved here, we had no friends at all in this town, and nobody was here that I knew musically at all. And now it feels like I've lived here for 50 years. I am always gonna live here." Detroit, Michigan native Jack White has fallen in love with Nashville, Tennessee.

7th February 2013

Fact: Jack White and the Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes have become an unlikely couple for St. Valentine's Day - the pair has teamed up to record a new single for the most romantic day of the year (14Feb13). The Gibby Haynes Blues Series will feature three tracks printed on old medical X-rays. The tunes include a cover of punk band Adrenalin O.D.'s Paul's Not Home.

20th January 2013

Fact: Rocker Jack White has joined the celebrity Fisker Karma club after getting behind the wheel of his own $110,000 (£68,750) luxury electric vehicle. The former White Stripes star picked up the keys at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday (19Jan13). Justin Bieber was gifted one of the in-demand cars by his manager Scooter Braun for his 18th birthday last year (12).

3rd January 2013

Fact: Jack White's debut solo album Blunderbuss has been named the biggest selling vinyl record of 2012, knocking THE BEATLES' Abbey Road from the top spot in the annual chart compiled by executives at Nielsen Soundscan. Abbey Road has been America's top selling vinyl album for the previous three years.

5th December 2012

Quote: "Not too often. She doesn't answer her phone so it's very hard to talk to her." Jack White admits he has very little contact with his former wife and White Stripes bandmate Meg White.

6th August 2012

Quote: "I'll do it if it's a dirty blues record and we can get down to something really raw." Rocker Jack White on his plans for the next Rolling Stones album - if he's asked to produce.

26th June 2012

Quote: "I don't think that could ever happen; it's all done. But the lord works in mysterious ways so there'll probably be something better come out of me one day. I hope so, I've got nothing better to do." Jack White insists he'll never reteam with the White Stripes sidekick Meg White.

7th April 2012

Quote: "I wouldn't stay in a band if we weren't moving forward and progressing. It's more like we're best friends, pals, so we should be pals, and not pretend we're something bigger." Rocker Jack White reflects on his split from supermodel Karen Elson after six years of marriage. The couple announced its break up last year (11).

31st August 2011

Fact: Former White Stripes star Jack White has produced horror-rappers Insane Clown Posse's new single, which will be released on his Third Man Records. White and the rap veterans hail from Detroit, Michigan.

7th July 2011

Fact: Jack White is to reunite The Raconteurs for their first gig in more than two years at the MI Fest in Brooklyn, Michigan in September (11).

19th May 2011

Fact: Jack White, Norah Jones and DJ/producer Danger Mouse have teamed up to pay tribute to the music of beloved Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. The trio have reworked Morricone's spaghetti western themes for new album Rome.

31st March 2011

Quote: "I don't want half of my band, that means life and death to me, to be away for a year and a half. It felt weird watching her share the mic with Jack, because that's our thing. I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience." British rocker Jamie Hince despised seeing his The Kills bandmate Alison Mosshart work with Jack White in his band Dead Weather in 2009.

24th January 2011

Quote: “I was thinking at 14 that possibly I might have had the calling to be a priest... Blues singers sort of have the same feelings as someone who’s called to be a priest might have.” Jack White, who has long claimed he nearly passed over a career as a rock star for life as a priest, insists the two jobs are not that different.

25th November 2010

Quote: "I won't join another band again. Three's enough for a lifetime. If I can't say it in any of these bands, then I'll say it by myself." Jack White will go solo before launching another group. The rocker has played in The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs.

19th June 2010

Quote: "There have been three times. Once I got in a car accident and shattered my finger. A few years ago I didn't feel like being alive. That's all I can say." RACONTEURS frontman Jack White on his closest encounters with death.

11th May 2010

Quote: "I love his style. I love his writing and I think he's an amazing player too, so any kind of collaboration there would be really awesome." Taylor Swift dreams of duetting with White Stripes rocker Jack White.

30th April 2010

Quote: "They're very musical. They're quite funny in how intently they listen to things. We listen to 78rpm records a lot together. I'll show them how to wind up the gramophone and they'll put things on. Scarlett really loves Edith Piaf." Jack White is convinced his two children, Scarlett, four, and Henry, two, will grow up to be musical.

30th April 2010

Quote: "Jack is who Jack is, and I was very nervous to even play him my songs at first. Jack would overhear me over the course of a year and wouldn't tell me. Eventually he said 'Play me the songs, we're going into the studio tomorrow.'" Rocker Jack White convinced his model/singer wife Karen Elson to record an album with him after secretly listening to her music for more than a year.

8th April 2010

Quote: "They are for overweight Aunt Millies and girls who wear gym pants to the mall. Why? Do you actually watch that garbage?" White Stripes rocker Jack White is not a fan of TV talent shows such as American Idol and The X Factor.

1st April 2010

Quote: "I can think back to when... I wanted to put Seven Nation Army out as a single. The label in England and the label in America both didn't want to. Can you imagine not putting Seven Nation Army out as a single?" Jack White defied executives to score a hit with his White Stripes track.

7th January 2010

Fact: Rockabilly legend WANDA JACKSON has covered Amy Winehouse's YOU KNOW I'M NO GOOD for her upcoming Jack White-produced album.

30th October 2009

Fact: Jack White's band The Dead Weather will be playing a free show in London on Saturday night (31Oct09) to celebrate Halloween. The rockers will don fancy dress and are urging fans to attend covered in fake blood, with White insisting the most imaginative outfit will win a prize.

3rd October 2009

Fact: Rocker Jack White can add video director to his impressive resume after taking charge of his band the DEAD WEATHER's new promo for I CUT LIKE A BUFFALO.

24th August 2009

Fact: The White Stripes, DEAD WEATHER and RACONTEURS star Jack White's Third Man Records company is to launch a 'pop-up record store' in Los Angeles next week (26-28Aug09). The store, located at 448 South Main Street, will boast all things relating to White's three bands. A similar venture in New York recently included a surprise Dead Weather gig.

20th August 2009

Quote: "I was in England during my birthday, and he sent me into this hat shop to pick myself a hat." The RACONTEURS star BRENDON BENSON on bandmate Jack White's recent birthday gift.

17th August 2009

Quote: "People don't realise how rude they're being sometimes. I don't know what they think - the rules don't apply or I'm not a human being with feelings and stuff? It's kind of a drag." The Raconteurs guitarist Brendan Benson is sick of fans asking him about his famous pal and bandmate Jack White.

7th August 2009

Fact: Rocker Jack White opens new guitar documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD by constructing a one-stringed instrument using wood, an amplifier and a Coke bottle.

5th August 2009

Fact: THE White Stripes rocker Jack White is releasing a solo song later this month (Aug09). White wrote and recorded Fly Farm Blues during the filming of Davis Guggenheim's upcoming music documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD.

26th June 2009

Quote: "In the age of reality TV, when so many things are accessible, it's changing. It's less romantic than it used to be, but it's going to come back in the next 10 or 20 years." White Stripes rocker Jack White is convinced all access shows have ruined the mystery of being a rock star.

3rd April 2009

Quote: "I have my cabaret moves down but, for burlesque, you need a bit more of a figure, and I just look too lanky, with my non-existent boobs." Jack White's model wife Karen Elson dreams of stripping off onstage.

3rd April 2009

Fact: Rocker Jack White's model wife Karen Elson has opened a clothing boutique in Nashville, Tennessee, called Venus & Mars: The Showroom.

13th January 2009

Quote: "He was lovely. Even if he slapped me, it would have been cool.” Singer Adele on working with her hero Jack White on a cover of his pal and RACONTEURS bandmate Brendan Benson's MANY SHADES OF BLACK.

23rd October 2008

Quote: "I like that Alicia sneaks odd-sounding things into pop music that shouldn't be there." Jack White explains why he couldn't wait to collaborate with Alicia Keys for ANOTHER WAY TO DIE, the theme tune for new Bond movie QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

16th September 2008

Quote: "QUANTUM OF SOLACE is a dope title but I have no idea what it means!" Alicia Keys is puzzled about the title of the new James Bond film, for which her new duet with Jack White will serve as the theme.

22nd August 2008

Fact: Stax Records stalwarts the MEMPHIS HORNS have joined Alicia Keys and Jack White on the new James Bond theme, ANOTHER WAY TO DIE.

22nd August 2008

Quote: "After years of wanting to collaborate with Alicia Keys, it took James Bond himself to finally make it happen... We wanted to push soul into those tapes, and join the family of (JOHN) BARRY, (SHIRLEY) BASSEY, (SEAN) CONNERY and (DANIEL) CRAIG." Jack White on his soulful new Bond theme collaboration with Keys, ANOTHER WAY TO DIE.

2nd August 2008

Fact: AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH director Davis Guggenheim has directed a new movie about the world's best guitar players. IT MIGHT GET LOUD features Jimmy Page, The Edge and the White Stripes' Jack White.

26th February 2008

Fact: Bob Dylan has invited Jack White, Willie Nelson and Lucinda Williams to help him record tracks country icon Hank Williams left unfinished for an upcoming compilation.

23rd July 2007

Quote: "Everyone in our band's crew is required to wear a black-white-and-red suit, but everyone's allowed to wear whatever style hat they want... I think hats are really important things." White Stripes star Jack White is very particular about what his crew wear.

19th June 2007

Quote: "They should have made our skin white, not yellow." Jack White on THE White Stripes' guest appearance on The Simpsons.

4th June 2007

Quote: "You don't have to worry about being cool here. I had enough of that." THE White Stripes frontman Jack White feels comfortable in his new hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.

3rd June 2007

Quote: "We're in a totally different mindset than we used to be. We're in a really positive, happy mood and environment." Jack White reveals things are looking up for THE White Stripes.

2nd April 2007

Quote: "I want to release them both and tour them both in the next year. I'm trying to do as much as I can with the short time I have on this earth." Rocker Jack White on his plans to double up as the frontman for THE White Stripes and The Raconteurs with back-to-back projects.

26th February 2007

Quote: "I like him so much that I never want to meet him." Jim Carrey on THE White Stripes star Jack White. Ironically, both dated Renee Zellweger.

3rd December 2006

Fact: Garbage star Shirley Manson is working on her first solo album with Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan and Jack White, but plans to release a cover of a John Lennon track as her first single.

1st September 2006

Fact: Jack White's new group The Raconteurs was the house band at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York last night (31AUG06). The group was fronted by Lou Reed for their opening number, a cover of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's White Heat/WHITE LIGHT. The group was later joined by ZZ Top's BILLY GIBBONS.

1st September 2006

Fact: Jack White's new group The Raconteurs was the house band at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York last night (31AUG06). The group was fronted by Lou Reed for their opening number, a cover of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's White Heat/WHITE LIGHT. The group was later joined by ZZ Top's BILLY GIBBONS.

9th August 2006

Quote: "I actually have some pieces of human bones, and I did buy them... I bought one of them at a thrift shop in the Detroit suburbs." Rocker Jack White on the macabre inspiration behind his RACONTEURS track STORE BOUGHT BONES.

6th June 2006

Fact: THE WHITE STRIPES star Jack White's new band, the RACONTEURS, are planning a California dash on Thursday (08JUN06) when they play two free shows in a day. The four-piece will perform at Los Angeles' Amoeba Records store on Thursday morning (08JUN06) before dashing up to San Francisco for a free show at a second Amoeba Records store.

12th May 2006

Quote: "I very much like being a cog in a machine." Jack White prefers life as an equal member of the RACONTEURS to the pressures of fronting THE White Stripes.

8th May 2006

Quote: "If I worked at a restaurant, the last thing I'd want to be is the manager. I'd want to be the dishwasher. But I'd want to have those things sparkle." WHITE STRIPES star Jack White on claims he's a control freak.

15th February 2006

Quote: <p>Jack White has guitar tone like a motherf**ker. It's massive." Rocker Henry Rollins is a big fan of THE White Stripes. </p>

25th January 2006

Fact: <p>THE White Stripes frontman Jack White's side project The Raconteurs will release just 1000 copies of their single STEADY AS SHE GOES/STORE BOUGHT BONES on 30 January (06). </p>

1st September 2005

Quote: <p>"I never wanted to owe anybody any money. And we don't. Our albums are made so cheaply that we recoup the day they come out." Frugal WHITE STRIPES star Jack White explains his financial success. </p>

1st September 2005

Fact: <p>WHITE STRIPES star Jack White had his first brush with fame aged 10 when he was picked to play an altar boy in Donald Sutherland movie THE ROSARY MURDERS. </p>

Jack White

Jack White Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Music Press Quotes RSS