Not a Good Idea: Publishing Jack White's Guac Recipe

OK, maybe it's not his recipe, but it was in his concert rider
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2015 9:00 AM CST
Not a Good Idea: Publishing Jack White's Guac Recipe
This Dec. 9, 2012, file photo, shows Jack White performing at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, File)

You don't mess with Jack White's guacamole. White performed at the University of Oklahoma Monday, and campus newspaper the Oklahoma Daily published the details of his concert rider this week—the rider included, among other things, the exact recipe to be used for the guacamole White's team wanted served backstage. It's nothing shocking (the ingredients are about what you'd expect, though the instructions do include lines like "we want it chunky" and "SAVE THE PITS THOUGH"), but apparently White's talent company was none too happy with the article: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment told the Daily it has blacklisted OU, and won't book any other performers at the school because of the "mocking" article. "OU is basically getting blackballed as a place that’s not welcoming to outside talent," says the Campus Activities Council chairperson.

The Daily article also revealed that OU spent more than $80,000 on the concert, and it released the full rider along with a sidebar listing the biggest "gems" from it. Among those: "This is a NO BANANA TOUR. (Seriously) We don't want to see bananas anywhere in the building." The rider also specifies that after White performs, he requires a New York strip steak, cooked medium, with a side of steamed veggies. The article was published before the concert, and an unhappy White reportedly told the audience, "Just because you can type it on your computer doesn’t make it right," Consequence of Sound reports. But a later message to OU from White's team clarifies that, though the article was "very unwelcoming," White enjoyed the show and never threatened to boycott OU (though it does not deny WME's move). "We’re not even sure he likes guacamole but we do know that the folks who work hard to put on the show do enjoy it," the statement says, before recommending readers try the recipe "now that it's out there ... it's delicious." (Click for 7 of the craziest backstage demands.)

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