White Stripes Unveil North American Dates
Following through on a pledge to not tour North America until later this summer, the White Stripes have revealed an initial round of dates. "In most towns we're trying to find an old theater to play iFollowing through on a pledge to not tour North America until later this summer, the White Stripes have revealed an initial round of dates. The tour will begin Aug. 6 in George, Wash., and has shows on tap through an Aug. 29-31 stand at Chicago's Auditorium Theater.
There are also multiple-night engagements lined up at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre and the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, as well as an Aug. 22 show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver. More shows will be added.
As previously reported, the Stripes are in the midst of a 12-date tour of Central and South America ahead of the June 7 release of their new Third Man/V2 album, "Get Behind Me Satan."
"My attitude is, 'Let's just go play shows and release the record, and that's it,'" Jack White recently told Billboard by phone from Santiago, Chile.
For White, the tour has provided a degree of anonymity and an opportunity to perform without expectations. The Stripes have been playing for curious crowds in places like Panama City, Panama, and Bogota, Colombia.
"I wanted to go to places where no one had ever seen us before, so we [could] get that feeling back of those live shows where we used to have to prove ourselves," White said.
And even though the Stripes are capable of filling large venues as this stage of their career, White is adamant about playing more intimate venues.
"I told our booking agent: When I walk out onstage, I don't look at the crowd and say, 'Wow. Look how much money I'm making,'" White said. "When I walk out on stage, I say, 'Do I feel like playing my guitar tonight?' If it is some cold arena where drinks are $9 and everyone is seated properly and everything is made of concrete, I don't feel like playing. There's no intimacy. I'd rather play to 100 people than play to 20,000 people."
"In most towns we're trying to find an old theater to play in, like a 3,000-to 5,000-seat theater," he continued. "Even if we can sell 50,000 tickets in that town, that's still what we're going to do because I think it's more important that an event happens, and that something interesting happens."
"There's nothing more plastic than a real famous band going on a million-dollar tour playing some big concrete arena and playing the same show they played the night before, and [the same show they will do] in another town the next night," he concluded. "It's not an event anymore."
Before the North American run, the Stripes will spend three weeks in June and July playing in such far-flung European locales as Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Riga, Latvia.
Here are the White Stripes' North American tour dates:
June 10: Atlanta (Music Midtown Festival)
July 29: San Diego (Street Scene Festival)
Aug. 6: George, Wash. (Gorge Amphitheatre)
Aug. 7-8: Vancouver (Orpheum Theatre)
Aug. 10: Portland, Ore. (Keller Auditorium)
Aug. 12: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre)
Aug. 15-18: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
Aug. 19: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
Aug. 22: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
Aug. 23: Kansas City, Mo. (Starlight Theatre)
Aug. 24: St. Louis (Fox Theatre)
Aug. 26-27: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)
Aug. 29-31: Chicago (Auditorium Theatre)