Jack White, musician and songwriter, announced on August 13 additional dates for his fall 2012 tour. The added leg of the tour kicks off in Boston on September 28 and concludes in Columbia, Maryland on October 6.
White’s tour will promote “Blunderbuss,” which is his debut solo album. “Blunderbuss” was released on April 23, 2012 and premiered on the Billboard 200 Chart at No. 1, with 138,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. After 16 weeks on the Billboard 200 the album currently sits in the No. 59 position, and the No. 14 spot on Billboard’s Alternative Albums chart. “Blunderbuss” is also accredited with knocking Adele’s “21” album off of the U.K.’s top album chart in its debut week.
White entered the music scene in the early 1990’s in Detroit, Michigan. He was the drummer of the cowpunk band Goober & the Peas. After the group’s spilt, White formed the band The White Stripes with his then wife Megan in 1997. Jack White served as the band’s frontman, guitarist, songwriter, and producer.
The White Stripes released six albums. The first three albums, “The Whites Stripes,” “De Stijl,” and “White Blood Cells” won three consecutive Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album. “White Blood Cells” produced the duos most popular single “Seven Nation Army.” The White Stripes were important to the garage rock music scene of the late 1990’s. Their music also featured elements of punk, blues metal, backwoods country, pop, and rock.
The band went on a hiatus in 2008, and eventually announced the end of The White Stripes in early 2011. According to Rolling Stone the band made the announcement via website post stating the break up was in an effort “to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”
In 2006, Jack White formed The Raconteurs. This group released the two albums “Broken Boy Soldiers” and “Consolers of the Lonely.” The latter received a Grammy nomination. White also started the band The Dead Weather in 2009 with Alison Mosshart who is The Kills’ frontwoman.
On Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” Jack White was named number 70 and praised for his ability to reconnect hard rock and roots music.
“Blunderbuss,” White’s debut solo album, is the number one selling vinyl album of 2012. The album features songs such as “Love Interruption,” “Sixteen Saltines,” and “Freedom at 21.” The album explores the themes of love, relationships, and break-ups.
The Los Angeles Times wrote, “‘Blunderbuss’ is, quite simply, a marvelous rock album…is injecting energy into an ancient art form.” This review heralded White’s future. The Los Angeles Times declared, “And on ‘Blunderbuss,’ White has proved why he’s not only the inheritor of a tradition but also a remarkable, if bloodied, ambassador.”
Jem Aswad of Billboard.com stated, “But perhaps most of all, the album’s diversity and musical ambition show that the White Stripes were as on-message musically as they were sartorially…Blunderbuss isn’t just (arguably) the best album of the year so far, it opens up a whole new world for him.”
Locations of the six headlines shows of White’s tour will include Boston, New York City, Montreal, and Ontario. Presale tickets were available beginning August 15, with public onsales starting Friday August 17. Tickets to performances in New York City and Toronto, CA have already sold out, according to Jack White’s official website.
White is also scheduled to perform at three U.S. music festivals this October. He’s perform at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest in Columbia,MD, the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX, and the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA.