White Stripes Fend Off The Gap As Tour Nears
Although hotly hyped Detroit rock outfit the White Stripes did turn down an appearance in an advertisement for clothing retailer The Gap, the offer was nowhere near the estimated $1 million claimed inAlthough hotly hyped Detroit rock outfit the White Stripes did turn down an appearance in an advertisement for clothing retailer The Gap, the offer was nowhere near the estimated $1 million claimed in news reports out of the England earlier this week. According to the band's publicist, the reported payment offer was "way off the mark."
While no specifics were given on the exact figure offered, vocalist Jack White had this to say about how the group makes a living: "We are being paid album sale by album sale, just money made for money earned. We don't get paid unless you buy our record."
The band may not sell out to fashion houses, but it should have little problem packing the venues when it kicks off its largest European trek on Nov. 9. The White Stripes join Pulp as the support act at Paris's La Cigale on that date, before heading off on their own month-long jaunt as headliners two nights later in Brighton, England.
Beforehand, the group has an Oct. 29 appearance confirmed on "The Late Show With David Letterman." A new single for the tracks "Hotel Yorba" and "Rated X," including a video for the former song, will be released in the coming weeks on the Third Man label.
For an indepth look at the resurgence of the Detroit rock scene, see the Oct. 27 issue of Billboard.
Here are the White Stripes' tourdates
Nov. 9: Paris (La Cigale)
Nov. 11: Brighton, England (Concorde)
Nov. 13: Liverpool, England (L2)
Nov. 14: Manchester, England (University)
Nov. 15: Glasgow (QMU)
Nov. 16: Edinburgh, Scotland (Liquid Rooms)
Nov. 17: Sheffield, England (Leadmill)
Nov. 19: Wolverhampton, England (Wulfrun)
Nov. 20: Bristol, England (Anson Rooms)
Nov. 21: London (Astoria)
Nov. 23: Groningen, Holland (Vera Club)
Nov. 24: Cologne, Germany (Gebaude)
Nov. 25: Hamburg (Molotov)
Nov. 26: Berlin (Maria Am Ostbahnhof)
Nov. 27: Munich (Orangehouse)
Nov. 28: Milan (Tunnel)
Nov. 30: Toulouse, France (L.R.)
Dec. 1: Barcelona (Pop Attack festival)
Dec. 2: Clermont, France (Ferrand)
Dec. 3: Brussels (AB Club)
Dec. 4: Amsterdam (Melkweg)
Dec. 6: London (Forum)