UPDATE: Jack White's Management Issues Statement on University of Oklahoma Paper Printing Tour Rider
After the University of Oklahoma school paper ran a story that revealed Jack White's tour rider demands and contract to perform at the school, the rockstar's booking agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has blacklisted the campus from hiring any of its clients.
Among White's list of necessities is, most notably, his own personal chunky guacamole recipe that's had some referring to this incident comedically as "Guacgate." Also on the list is a four bottles of fresh juice smoothies, one pound of "freshly sliced, high-quality prosciutto and aged salami with a sharp knife." He also ends the night with a New York strip steak, cooked medium, and also bananas are banned from the entire tour.
Check out the full list here.
It's worth noting, though, that not all this is for White alone. Rather, it accommodates his entire 24-person tour party.
In a new article, The Oklahoma Daily explains WME feels the school mocked White and doesn't want any of its other artists treated that way.
The paper states WME would not book further events with UO until its "policy is modified not to disseminate private information," referring to the Oklahoma Open Records Act that requires any public entity of the state of Oklahoma to respond to request for records. In a case such as this, those records can include a contract to perform at a public university.
UPDATE: Jack White's management company, Monotone Inc., has issued the following statement in response, via Pitchfork:
To the students and staff of University of Oklahoma:
Jack White would love to thank all the concert attendees at his performance at the University of Oklahoma. The crowd was incredible and Mr. White played an extensive two and a half hour show for them. The students who helped organize the event were wonderful. Playing in, and for, the people of Oklahoma is one of Jack White's favorite tour stops. At no time did Jack White or White's management say that we would never play there again, that is untrue.
The incidents with the OU Daily student newspaper reporting the financial terms of the show, the private tour rider information, along with unsolicited photographers from their staff were unfortunate, unprofessional, and very unwelcoming. The show was one of many on this tour directed at playing for university students in their own environment. And the band were all completely thrilled with the performance and the crowd.
Incidentally, the most important function of a rider is that it lays out optimal technical specifications to ensure the audience has the best experience possible. For that, Jack hires a team of very qualified touring professionals who write the rider and attempt to execute a professional and pleasant experience for all involved. Part of that is making sure that the tour personnel of about 30 people plus the local venue staff are fed. Contrary to what some believe, Jack doesn't write the rider nor make demands about his favorite snacks that must be in his dressing room. We're not even sure he likes guacamole but we do know that the folks who work hard to put on the show do enjoy it.
(By the way, now that's it out there, we recommend you try Lalo's guacamole recipe. It's delicious.)
We hope those present for Mr. White's performance are able to maintain their good memories from the experience and he looks forward to seeing them again soon.
(Jack White's management)