Jack White took time out of a concert last night to deliver a rant against The Foo Fighters and Rolling Stone magazine. During a show at Fenway Park, the singer-songwriter declared that “most performers don’t use microphones anymore, you know,” saying most singers “don’t use microphones that have cords.” He chastised Foo Fighters for having a second guitar player “playing the same parts” to cover up for any mistakes that might be made. He also mocked Rolling Stone for its web content, joking that the site was “brought to you by the Kardashian family” and that it features articles like “15 outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month” and “12 reasons Rolling Stone won’t put a black and white cover on the cover of their magazine unless you’re dead.”
After about three minutes, he said, “OK, I’m officially supposed to stop now, because this is becoming a Kanye West-esque rant. Because apparently, nowadays, you aren’t allowed to speak to your own fans about anything, lest it be a rant.” Whatever his feelings about The Foo Fighters, he’s not entirely wrong about Rolling Stone (there was once a time when being on the cover of the magazine actually meant something). As “a Kanye West-esque rant,” however, it’s really Kanye-lite. It has nothing on this.