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Artist Update: Jack White

posted May 2, 2012, 8:19 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases, Top Albums, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Jack White, Blunderbuss


The people have spoken: Blunderbuss is #1.

The popular response to Jack White’s debut album has matched the critical fervor surrounding it: In the week since its April 24th release on Third Man Records/Columbia Records, Blunderbuss has sold 137,554 domestically, debuting at #1 on the U.S. albums chart–his first ever recorded effort to do so.

The highest charting and selling solo debut album this year in the U.S., Blunderbuss has also gone #1 in the UK, Canada and Switzerland–making a grand total of four countries where Blunderbuss currently tops the charts.

In America, Blunderbuss’ crashing into the #1 spot was heralded by Jack’s April 26th performance of “Freedom At 21″ on The Colbert Report (http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/413296/april-26-2012/jack-white—-freedom-at-21-), an American Express Unstaged concert at Webster Hall on Friday April 27th (directed by Gary Oldman, with highlights archived atyoutube.com/jackwhitevevo) and another intimate underplay at Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater–a performance the Los Angeles Times called “suggestive of everyone from Chuck Berry, Hubert Sumlin and Keith Richards to Jimmy Page, Johnny Thunders and Joe Strummer… worthy of Bob Dylan… as if he’d gathered inside his head many different strains, accents and ideas of pre-digital American music — country, folk, blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and every combination thereof — and was pouring them out through his fretboard-busy fingers and wailing voice.”

The L.A. Times also joined in on the chorus of critical acclaim that has greeted Jack’s #1 debut album, seeing a new Rolling Stone 4.5 star lead review’s “huge riffs, wild ideas, tunes for miles: Jack White turns in a classic” and raising it with an “as impressive and magnetic a record as he’s ever made.”

On the touring front, Jack recently confirmed an all ages matinee show at the Scottish Rite Theater in Detroit on May 24th, a headline appearance at one day of the Roskilde Festival taking place July 5th-8th in Denmark, shows in Australia at Festival Hall in Melbourne on July 25th, Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on July 26th and  July 27th headlining the Splendour In The Grass Festival at Belongil Fields in Byron Bay, a headline show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on August 8th, and a performance at the Outside Lands Festival taking place August 10th-12th in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

See below for a full list of confirmed Jack White dates:

05/15-16/12 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium +
05/18-20/12 – Gulf Shores, AL – The Hangout Music Fest
05/19/12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel +
05/21-22/12 – NY, NY – Roseland Ballroom +
05/24/12 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater +
05/24/12 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater  (all ages matinee show) +
05/26/12 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
05/27/12 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre +
05/28/12 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Silva Concert Hall) +
05/30-31/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +
06/21/12 – London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton +
06/22/12 – London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo +
06/23/12 – Hackney Marshes, London, UK – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend
06/25/12 – Amsterdam, NL – Heineken Music Hall
06/26/12 – Berlin, GER – Tempodrom
06/27/12 – Cologne, GER – E-Werk
06/29/12 -Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07/01/12 – Belfort, France – Les Eurockeennes
07/02-03/12 – Paris, FR – L’Olympia
07/05/12 – Hamburg, GER – Docks
07/05-08/12 — Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/20-22/12 – Dover, Delaware – Firefly Music Festival
07/25/12 — Melbourne, AUS — Festival Hallm +
07/26/12 — Sydney, AUS — Hordern Pavilion +
07/27/12 — Byron Bay, AUS – Splendour In The Grass Festival +
07/27-29/12 – Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
08/03-05/12 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08/08/12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
08/10-12/12 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

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