Jack White issues apology letter to Black Keys

By Chris Talbott
Associated Press

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Dan Auerbach (right0 and Patrick Carney (left) of The Black Keys perform Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, TENN.: Musician Jack White has issued a written apology to the Black Keys, his former bandmate Meg White and others over comments he made in a recent Rolling Stone magazine interview.

Last year, his personal opinions about The Black Keys — Akron natives Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney — were revealed when his wife included a message from him in their divorce case. He was asked again about the band during the recent interview and told Rolling Stone he felt the Black Keys were capitalizing on a sound he helped make popular.

White explained in a letter dated Saturday on his website that he thought it would have seemed petty if he had declined to discuss the issue with the magazine.

In his letter, he spoke positively of the Black Keys, who are also based in Nashville and got their start as a bluesy two piece like White’s own White Stripes.

“I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get,” White wrote. “... Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top ten for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career.”

White’s letter offered a broad apology to other musical acts stung by his comments and to anyone else whom he may have offended.

“Anyone who can get people to pay attention for more than a second with musical notes in this age, or any age for that matter, deserves credit and applause,” he wrote.


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