After White did a Q&A on the label's fan forum that covered topics ranging from touring to his relationship with Meg White, some things got lost in translation. Now, Third Man is setting all the "friends, family, journalists, naysayers, believers, tweeter & 'grammers" straight. And they're certainly not happy about it: "fear not because you are in the age of instantaneous negative internet gratification."
In the post, Third Man shoots off a list of headlines that hit websites after his Q&A including that he is retiring, will never play festivals again and that Meg White isn't taking his calls.
So, no, White is not retiring and that comment he made about 'I don't belong here" wasn't about earth, he just meant the fan forum. He is taking a break from touring, but not forever. He is not quitting music, but is getting ready to head into the studio with Dead Weather and is "involved in several projects we're not even gonna tell you about right now cause we don't want to ruin the surprise."
As for Meg, Third Man says, she doesn't have to answer her phone and Jack isn't complaining about it "nor is it depressing" him in anyway. "The White Stripes is over and it's been said a hundred times, and maybe that's just the quickest way for him to answer that question he gets asked a dozen times a day. Jack loves Meg, and she's an incredible drummer - nobody can do what she does and did with the White Stripes- but those days are unfortunately gone. Let's move on, Jack and Meg have. And in the meantime we're still selling their records (WINK!)"
Third Man also has a little advice for all the bloggers out there: "No offense to any journalists that are 'just doing their job' in this current 1 hour news cycle environment, pull quote, tabloid atmosphere but this is what happens when you isolate aspects of a conversation between a musician and his fans in a private forum and put it out into the blogosphere in a sensational way. It completely changes the context and intent of those statements, and the conversation."
Adding, "Anyway, let's move on. We need to get back to inventing a turntable that runs purely on tweet retractions and apologies."
Read the full Facebook post from White's label here.
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