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...."
The Foo Fighters returned to Virginia to play their first gig in Richmond in 16 years following a high-profile campaign by fans to bring the band back to the city. Local officials declared Wednesday (17Sep14) to be Foo Fighters Day in honour of the group's show at The National venue that night, and Dave Grohl's band did not disappoint.
Grohl, who grew up in Virginia, was seen greeting fans outside the venue prior to the event and posing for pictures with them, and he was full of praise for the crowdfunding campaign after taking to the stage.
He told the crowd, "I've been a musician for a long time and I've played a lot of shows. But I've never played a show like this before," according to the Richmond Times Dispatch newspaper.
The band thrilled the audience with hits including My Hero, Monkey Wrench and Everlong.
Grohl has previously insisted the concert could be a "game changer" for the way artists tour in the future, adding, "It could become the way that bands decide where they want to play... For the past 20 years we always decided who we're going to play with and where we're going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we'll come there."
A Foo Fighters fan who launched a crowdfunding campaign to persuade Dave Grohl and his bandmates to perform in his home city has helped land the group its own day there. Richmond, Virginia Mayor Dwight C. Jones declared 17 September (14) Foo Fighters Day on Wednesday, hours before the rockers performed at the National Theater.
Andrew Goldin launched the crowdfunded gig and raised over $70,000 (GBP43,700) to convince his favourite band to play its first concert in the city since 1998.
"@SoundCityStudio Thank you, Tom. For all the music... Tom Skeeter RIP." Dave Grohl's band Foo Fighters pay tribute to late Sound City Studios boss Tom Skeeter following his death last week (ends14Sep14). Skeeter featured in Grohl's 2012 documentary about the studios, Sound City.
Foo Fighters received the royal seal of approval when they were joined onstage by Britain's Prince Harry on Sunday night (14Sep14). The prince hugged frontman Dave Grohl after inviting the rockers to perform for 26,000 spectators at the closing ceremony of his Invictus Games.
The British royal, who turns 30 on Monday (15Sep14), was a main organiser of the event, in which more than 400 wounded servicemen and women from around the world competed against each other in nine disciplines including archery, swimming, and cycling.
During the show, Grohl dedicated the band's song My Hero to all the troops, telling crowd, "This goes out to all the heroes tonight," before adding, "Thank you very much for making this one of the most special occasions of our lives."
The event at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park also featured sets from pop stars including Ellie Goulding, Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Rizzle Kicks and former soldier James Blunt.
British dance group Crystal Fighters are "completely heartbroken" following the death of their drummer. The group pulled out of an appearance at a Spanish music festival this weekend (13-14Sep14) and news of Andrea Marongiu's passing subsequently emerged online on Friday night (12Sep14).
The band has now confirmed the sad news in a message posted on Facebook.com which reads, "It is with deep regret and great sadness that we announce the tragic passing of our drummer and friend, Andrea Marongiu. Andrea was not only one of the most brilliant, skillful and charismatic drummers to have ever graced the stage, but also an incredibly kind, fun and loving friend to us all. Our condolences go out to anyone who was lucky enough to have known him, and most particularly to his family.
"We are all completely heartbroken by this news and we can't hold back the tears as we write this message to you. Andrea, thank you for all the incredible joy and life you brought to this band and to our lives for the last four years. We love you and we miss you more than words can say right now."
No further details about Marongiu's death were available as WENN went to press.
Rockers Foo Fighters invited their own group's tribute band to take to the stage with them at their U.K. show on Wednesday (10Sep14). The Everlong hitmakers played to a crowd of about 600 fans at Brighton, England's Concorde 2 venue, under the moniker of The Holy S**ts.
Before they began to play their 1995 hit Big Me, frontman Dave Grohl announced that the performance was dedicated to a U.K. Foo Fighters tribute band who were enjoying the gig from the audience.
Grohl joked, "We don't wanna s**t the bed in front of the UK Foo Fighters. They'll be like, 'That's not how it goes."
Later, he even invited the cover band's lead singer to join them on stage for their performance of White Limo.
The setlist for the special concert included older tracks that they usually don't perform live, including I'll Stick Around, See You, and Up in Arms.
The Foo Fighters are set to play two more tiny shows before headlining the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games on Sunday (14Sep14).
British actor Idris Elba read poetry onstage to kick off the Invictus Games sporting competition in London on Wednesday (10Sep14). The Wire star appeared onstage in front of 6,500 people at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the capital to recite the powerful poem Invictus, written by William Ernest Henley, as part of the opening celebrations.
British royal Prince Harry, who created the event, also took to the stage to give an empowering speech for the wounded military personnel competing in the sporting event.
An Invictus anthem, written by Coldplay's Chris Martin, was performed by a military choir and British soprano Laura Wright sang her track Invincible. U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama also praised the athletes in a video message.
Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and William, Duke of Cambridge also attended the ceremony.
Prince William's pregnant wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge cancelled her appearance as she is suffering from severe morning sickness.
The opening ceremony went ahead a day after a launch party was held for the competitors and their families on Tuesday (09Sep14). Prince Harry attended the bash and Foo Fighters performed. The rockers will headline the closing concert on Sunday (14Sep14).
Rockers Foo Fighters have set a date for their first gig in Richmond, Virginia since 1998 after a fan in the town launched a campaign to bring the band back. Andrew Goldin hit the Internet to kickstart a crowd-funded gig and now Dave Grohl and his bandmates are planning to perform for the people who donated to the cause.
A tweet from the band, posted on Wednesday (03Sep14), confirmed both the date and the venue, together with the note, "Let’s do it. If you pledged, check your email for details!"
The gig will take place at Richmond's National Theatre on 17 September (14).