Jack White Apologizes to Black Keys, Everyone
Singer issues very broad apology after 'Rolling Stone' interview blows up
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2014 1:22 PM CDT
This Sept. 18, 2009 file photo shows musician Jack White taking part in a news conference in Toronto.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

(Newser) – Jack White gave Rolling Stone an earful in this month's cover story, and now he's apologizing to a good swath of the music industry, specifically the Black Keys, Meg White, Adele, and the list goes on. "I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get," he says in a lengthy apology posted to his website. He dismisses earlier comments—in which he compares the Black Keys to "kids at school who dress like everybody else" and says he hears "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"—calling the interview "shop talk" that "sounded a lot more negative than it was meant to."

In his apology, he says that "through the actions of lawyers trying to villainize me in a private legal scenario (White's divorce from Karen Elson), my private letters were made public for reasons I still don’t understand." He also includes Danger Mouse and former bandmate Meg White in his apology, adding, "I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele." For a little more background, click here. (White, meanwhile, has been in the press lately for more positive reasons.)

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KC
Jun 2, 2014 2:14 PM CDT
You call that an apology??? I love how he accused the Black Keys of "ripping off" his sounds. He is delusional to say the least! As if his blues style is so original, who did he rip off? The Black Keys are way better anyway! Jack White is trying so hard to stay relevant after his latest contributions have flopped!
jennylisbon1
Jun 2, 2014 8:34 AM CDT
Who cares. His 15 min of fame has long been over. He hasnt put out anything good in a very long time.
Sphinx
Jun 2, 2014 7:22 AM CDT
I prefer "it sounds more negative than I meant it" to "I'm sorry you were offended." He sounded like a douche in that interview, especially towards Meg White, but I'm glad he's at least apologizing.