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Jack White has opened up about an incident in late September where he cut short a show at New York City's Radio City Music Hall without explanation after less than an hour. White told Esquire magazine that an unenthusiastic audience was to blame for him leaving early, saying, "If I was playing in an old folks' home, and I played a couple of songs from the '40s and everyone clapped, and then I put on an electric guitar and played a Jimi Hendrix song and everyone started covering their ears, now I know the next song I do should not be electric and loud. I saw, that first night, just hundreds of people straight-up not clapping. So I have no idea what to pick for the next song."
White continued that his audiences should know that they're part of the show as well. He explained, "Whether they know it or not, the crowd's in control of my show, not me. We don't have a set list on stage and people in the crowd find out a few songs in that that's what's going on. I want people to understand that this is not rehearsed. This is happening. In the moment. And you're part of it."
At the Radio City Music Hall concert, reports said that White seemed unhappy with its energy level, even saying at one point, "Is this an NPR convention?"
White has been touring behind his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, which came out last spring and racked up several Grammy nominations last week, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.