Jack White has reached out to fellow rocker Dave Grohl to explain himself after appearing to take aim at his band the Foo Fighters for no reason during a concert in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (17Sep14). The former The White Stripes star launched into a four-minute rant during the show at Fenway Park, focusing the majority of his complaint on the content of Rolling Stone magazine and editorial decisions made by its co-founder and editor Jann Wenner.
He also appeared to lambast the Foo Fighters, noting their use of two guitarists "playing the same parts" to cover up any potential mistakes.
White's comments went viral shortly after the show, and now his publicist has spoken out to assure fans the remarks were made in jest.
In a statement issued to WENN, his representative writes, "Dear dream-makers of the media... Last night Jack White made a joke on stage!
"There was a minor equipment mishap, specifically with his guitar, and in an effort to keep his audience engaged, he made a joke! It was meant to be funny and self deprecating: 'hey sorry, you're stuck with just me up here...' vs the Foo Fighters who have three guitar players on stage and regularly play stadium shows."
The spokesperson goes on to reveal that White called Grohl on Thursday (18Sep14) to smooth over relations, adding, "Jack has the upmost (sic) respect for the Foo Fighters and communicated with Grohl this morning."
Meanwhile, the Foo Fighters have poked fun at the rumours of a feud by posting a photo of a chimpanzee holding a guitar on their Twitter.com page, alongside the caption, "Busted....behold, the secret of the Foo Fighters sound...."
Rocker Jack White turned on music bible Rolling Stone and its co-founder and editor Jann Wenner during a rant at a show in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday night (17Sep14), slamming the magazine boss' recent editorial decisions. White has featured many times in the publication, but he revealed he is no longer a fan during his show at Fenway Park, mocking the magazine and its website for publishing tabloid-type stories and articles.
White said, "RollingStone.com, brought to you by the Kardashian Family! Fifteen outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month. Ten reasons why RollingStone.com didn't cover the Newport Folk Festival for 15 years straight. Twelve reasons Rolling Stone won't put a black-and-white cover on their magazine - unless you're dead!"
He added, "Did you know Jann Wenner also owns Us Weekly, the tabloid capital of magazines? Jann Wenner, keeping paparazzi alive for more than 20 years!"
Realising he was raging a little too hard at the gig, White then said, "OK, I'm officially supposed to stop now, because this is becoming a Kanye-esque rant. Because apparently nowadays, you aren't allowed to speak to your own fans about anything, lest it be a rant.
"So, forget (terrorist organisation) ISIS, forget the war in the Middle East, forget any problems at home, forget gay marriage, forget everything you ever thought about everything. This not a rant. This is just me saying, 'Hello Cleveland!'"
It isn't clear what irks White about Rolling Stone. He last appeared on the cover of the magazine in May (14), and in the accompanying candid interview spoke about his fondness for Kanye West, his relationship with ex-wife and bandmate Meg White and his reputation as a curmudgeon.
"Jack White says he'd like to do it. I'd love him to do it, it would be amazing, but I don't want to get too hopeful." Pete Doherty reveals Jack White is in the running to produce The Libertines' reunion album.
Rocker Jack White has vowed to keep performing after suffering an ankle injury at his show in San Francisco, California. The Loser hitmaker sprained his ankle during a gig at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Friday (22Aug14), but powered through his second concert at the venue on Saturday (23Aug14).
In a message on his record label's Instagram.com account, which was accompanied by a photo of his severely bruised ankle, an administrator writes, "Jack White sprained his ankle last night on stage in San Francisco.
"The camp is pressuring Jack to postpone the rest of the tour but Jack wants the show to go on tonight. See you tonight at the Bill Graham Civic."
White is next scheduled to hit the stage in Seattle, Washington on Monday (25Aug14).
British soul sensation Sam Smith was left stunned by reports suggesting he is the frontrunner to record the theme tune for the next James Bond movie, insisting it's "all news to me". Sources told multiple news outlets that the Stay With Me hitmaker was in talks to team up with 007 producers to croon the lead song for Daniel Craig's latest outing as the suave superspy, following in the footsteps of artists like Adele, Madonna, Tom Jones and Dame Shirley Bassey.
Smith claims he has no knowledge of the negotiations, but he'd love to tackle a Bond theme if given the chance.
He tells NME.com, "No, I have no idea what that (report) was about and I know as much as you do. You probably know more than me; I didn't even read the article.
"I think it's something everyone would love to do, but yeah, it was all news to me. I won't say any more on it."
Smith admits he is a big fan of Jack White and Alicia Keys' Bond theme, Another Way To Die, which was crafted for 2008's Quantum of Solace.
He says, "I love that; I thought it was amazing. Her voice and his voice together, I thought, was really interesting."
The next Bond film is due for release next year (15).
Funnyman Steve Martin has led tributes to his pal Robin Williams, following the Mrs. Doubtfire star's death on Monday (11Aug14). Williams was found dead in his home in Marin County, California. He was 63. Reports suggest he committed suicide.
Martin took to Twitter.com on Monday afternoon, shortly after the sad news broke and wrote, "I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul."
David Steinberg, Williams' manager for 35 years, said in a statement: "Nobody made the world laugh like Robin Williams. My brother, my friend, my soul mate, I will miss you."
Cher added, "Oh Robin... He was Sweet LOVELY,Man. He ran high voltage,Mind Always Going, It was who he was.I Know Well..Many X's from High There is Only Low.So Sad", while Williams' Mrs. Doubtfire co-star Mara Wilson writes, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while."
Genie. You're free. pic.twitter.com/FWQWPDPP42
— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) August 11, 2014
Other Twitter tributes have come from Johnny Depp, Michael J. Fox, Rihanna, Rita Wilson, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Morgan Freeman, Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer, John Cusack, Jenny McCarthy, Logan Lerman, Evan Rachel Wood, Sharon & Jack Osbourne, Pink, Ellen DeGeneres, Rose McGowan, Shannen Doherty, Josh Groban, Eddie Izzard, Eric Idle, Ashley Tisdale, Marlee Matlin, Mandy Moore, John Krasinski, and Mia Farrow, who posted, "No! Robin Williams you were so loved."
Miley Cyrus never met Williams, but admits the news of his death hit her hard: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
And Lindsay Lohan adds, "Mr. Williams visited me the first day of filming The Parent Trap. I will never forget his kindness. What an enormous loss. My condolences."
His former co-stars Henry Winkler and Minnie Driver were also among the first celebrities to pay tribute to Williams. Happy Days star Winkler wrote, "To watch him create on the spot was a privilege to behold... Robin you are an angel now !!! REST IN PEACE", while his Good Will Hunting castmate Driver added, "My Heart's broken. Robin was a beautiful, kind soul. Can't bear that he's gone. So incredibly sorry for his family."
One of the late funnyman's final co-stars, Joel McHale, states, "RIP @robinwilliams. You were one of the very best that ever was. You were one of my heroes."
And Williams' Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, who recently reteamed with Williams in U.S. TV comedy The Crazy Ones, has revealed she's "devastated" by the sad news of her longtime friend's death. The actor's The Crazy Ones co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar simply posted nine photos of herself with Williams on Twitter.com.
Other thoughtful words came from Glee stars Chord Overstreet and Lea Michele, who wrote, "So heartbreaking to hear the terribly sad news about the amazing Robin Williams, thank you for bringing so much laughter and joy to us all", and Kevin Spacey, who added, "Robin Williams made the world laugh & think. I will remember & honor that. A great man, artist and friend. I will miss him beyond measure."
He made us laugh. He made us cry. He ended up touching every element of the human spirit. #RIPRobinWilliams pic.twitter.com/kbEq7OwPOf
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 12, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama also acknowledged the entertainer's impact to people all over the world in a statement which reads: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. "But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien - but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most - from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. "The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin's family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams."
Meanwhile, a tribute has been posted on a billboard outside Los Angeles' Laugh Factory, where Williams often performed. It reads: "Robin Williams. Rest in Peace. Make God laugh."
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Though we try our hardest to heed Tracy Jordan's advice, Discovery Channel's Shark Week is sadly a once-a-year phenomenon. It's the one time when everyone from kids to grandparents gather in front of the television to celebrate the ocean's most dangerous, fascinating, and surprisingly lovable creatures. You want shark attacks? Shark Week's got them. You want fascinating documentaries about scientific phenomena? They're here too. How about following brave, insane people into the darkest parts of the ocean to find the deadliest sharks in the world? There's one airing every two hours. Whether you're a newcomer to the joys of watching sharks bite cameras for four hours — it's much more entrancing than it sounds, trust us — or you've spent weeks pouring over the evidence of the Megalodon's existence, Shark Week's got something for you. We've broken down the network's prime time programming for the next six days to bring you a handy guide to the shark shows you really can't miss. Cue up the Jaws theme...
Most Likely to Make You Reevaluate Your Vacation Plans: Great White Serial Killer Part of the fun of Shark Week is learning about some of the legends and myths surrounding shark appearances, but Great White Serial Killer might top them all. See, according to locals, Surf Beach in California might be haunted by a great white shark that appears every year — on almost exactly the same day — to tear everything in sight to shreds. It’s the Jack the Ripper of Great Whites. If you were headed to California this year, you might want to see if your travel plans are flexible.Airs: August 11 at 8 pm
Proof that Everything is Better With Celebrity Appearances: Shark After Dark Regardless of how you might feel about after-shows like Talking Dead or After the Rose or Talking Bad, a Shark Week after-show will blow the rest of them out of the water. (For one thing, it doesn’t feel the need to shove the word “talking” into the title.) After all, the only thing better than discussing giant monster sharks with your friends is watching famous funny people talk about giant monster sharks. Don’t you want Sharknado survival tips from Tara Reid? Of course you do, you’re a human being.Airs: August 10 – 14 at 11 pm
Most Likely to Inspire a SyFy Movie: Alien Sharks: Return to the Abyss After two sharknadoes, a sharktopus, and a pteracuda, where else can SyFy turn to find inspiration for another terrifying shark hybrid than outer space? Granted, the actual show is about a search for the elusive ghost shark, a species that has thus far never actually been spotted in person. But just imagine what the makers of Sharknado would be able to do with the idea of an alien shark. We’re thinking lasers of some kind, telekinesis, and the ability to survive on land thanks to differing conditions on their home planet. They wouldn’t even have to change the title.Airs: August 12 at 9 pm
(Runner Up: Lair of the Mega Shark, because if you’re dumb enough to jump into a Sharknado, you’re probably dumb enough to venture into a demon shark lair. Airs: August 12 at 10 pm)
Most Enticing Use of the Phrase “Pregnant Shark”: Spawn of Jaws 2: The Birthing Sure, the title sounds like a B-horror movie that will probably haunt your dreams for years to come, but Spawn of Jaws 2 actually centers on a surprisingly intriguing topic: baby sharks in the wild. Is there anything in this world more adorable and terrifying than the idea of tiny, infant sharks swimming around, biting everything they come across? You might have to watch a shark give birth first, but everything in life has a trade-off. Do it for the baby sharks.Airs: August 13 at 10 pm
Least Recommended to Watch with Dinner: I Survived Jaws 2 You know what pairs best with a nice bowl or a pizza and some beer? How about horrifically gruesome shots of people’s limbs being bitten off while the ocean around them slowly turns red with their blood? You’re probably going to find it impossible to look away from the television, but we can guarantee that by the time the first commercial rolls around, you’ll have lost your appetite. Do the smart thing and eat first, and then, give thanks for all of your limbs.Airs: August 14 at 9 pm
Best Opportunity for Drinking Games and Drunken Live-Tweeting: Megalodon: The Extended Cut and Megalodon: The New Evidence Look, nobody actually believes that the Megalodon exists. Like Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster before it, the Megalodon is the kind of ridiculously campy urban myth that makes it the perfect Shark Week programming to make fun of on social media. Real-life shark attacks are too serious and gruesome, sharks giving birth are too weird, shark hunts are too boring, but a 60-foot shark that should have gone extinct thousands of years ago but might still be lurking in the ocean’s depths? That’s Twitter and drinking game gold.Airs: August 15 at 8 pm and 10 pm, respectively
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).
Rocker Jack White reunited The Dead Weather for a hometown gig in Detroit, Michigan on Wednesday night (30Jul14). Singer Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita joined White and his band onstage at the city's Masonic Temple Auditorium for a rendition of Dead Weather track I Cut Like a Buffalo.
It was the first time all three had been onstage together since the band toured to support 2010's Sea of Cowards.
White's Detroit concert capped a three-day homecoming for the rock star, who also threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday's (29Jul14) Detroit Tigers baseball game against the Chicago White Sox.
During the bizarre sporting moment, the rocker pitched to a catcher dressed up as Santa Claus.
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.