Whatever else you might think of Jack White, there is virtually no denying his commitment to keeping the dying light of rock & roll shining as brightly as it possibly can. Indeed, the Nashville-by-way-of-Detroit Renaissance Man has kept up between two and three bands for more than a decade now, as well as a solo career.
To be sure, the White Stripes were still very much an ongoing concern when in 2005 he formed The Raconteurs with Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler. But with Mr. White also busy with The Dead Weather as of 2009, there hasn’t been another Raconteurs studio record since all the way back in 2008 – a situation that will be decisively remedied with the release, via Third Man, of Help Us Stranger on June 21.
In the meantime, after two months of shows in Australia, Japan and Europe, the band will launch an impressively extensive North American tour June 12 at Detroit’s Masonic Temple. 34 dates will then take them through Vancouver, LA, Atlanta, D.C., New York, Boston…ending up in St. Louis on October 18 – at which time we believe Jack White Halloween costumes will be flying off the shelves.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 12, 10am, via the Third Man Store. We suggest not procrastinating.