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A college newspaper published Jack White's ridiculous rider and Jack White isn't happy

“This is a no banana tour.”

2014 The Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 2 Source: AP/Press Association Images

TOUR RIDERS OFTEN contain ridiculous requests – no green M&Ms and the like.

But Jack White’s one might just take the biscuit.

On Monday, White was slated to play at University of Oklahoma. The university paid White $80,000 for his services, something which the college newspaper felt obliged to report.

The newspaper also went ahead and leaked details of White’s contract, including the concert rider. And let’s just say that there are some interesting tidbits in there.

“1 bowl of fresh home-made guacamole”

guac Source: Jenifer/Flickr

This request might seem reasonable, until you realise that the rider contains a very specific recipe that must be adhered to.

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, careful not to mush the avocados too much. We want it chunky. Once properly mixed and tested, add the pits into the guacamole and even out the top with a spoon or spatula. Add ½ lime to the top later so you cover move of the surface with the juice (The pits and lime will keep it from browning prematurely.) Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until served. Please don’t make it too early before it’s served. We’d love to have it around 5 pm.

“8 x champagne flutes (real glass)”

flute Source: Didriks/Flickr

The rider also stipulates that highball glasses and wine glasses must be “real glass”. None of that pound shop nonsense for Jack.

“PLEASE NOTE: this is a NO BANANA TOUR. (Seriously.) We don’t want to see bananas anywhere in the building”

Chiquita Source: AP/Press Association Images

Bananas are strictly prohibited. 

Jack White wasn’t too happy with the details being leaked and reportedly called the newspaper out during the concert.

Afterwards, it was reported that White’s booking agency WME have refused to book any more acts at the university after the newspaper mocked White’s backstage demands.

White’s camp strenuously denied this, but did issue a statement in which they described the leak as “unfortunate” and “unwelcoming”.

Playing in, and for, the people of Oklahoma is one of Jack White’s favorite tour stops. At no time did Jack White or White’s management say that we would never play there again, that is untrue.

The statement also clarified that the guacamole was not for White himself, but rather for his 30 staff members. In fact, White could hate guacamole for all they know.

Contrary to what some believe, Jack doesn’t write the rider nor make demands about his favorite snacks that must be in his dressing room. We’re not even sure he likes guacamole but we do know that the folks who work hard to put on the show do enjoy it.

They did not provide an explanation on the banana ban, though some have suggested that it could be down to someone having an allergy.

Either way, LOL.

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