Jack White to play at the Usher Hall in October

Rock legend Jack White will return to Edinburgh later year as part of wider UK tour.

The Whites Stripes founder will visit the Usher Hall on Sunday, 21 October, with tickets to go on sale at 10am this Friday (25 May).

White will also play gigs in Brighton, Birmingham, Hull and Liverpool this autumn.

Fans won’t be surprised to hear the gigs are likely to be strictly mobile phone-free shows, with no photos, video or audio recording devices allowed.

In an interview the Toronto Star, White defended the mobile phone ban, pointing out how no one uses their phones at movies, church, or “the symphony”.

He continued, “I want people to live in the moment, and it’s funny that the easiest way to rebel is to tell people to turn off their phones.

“I was hoping it would be more of an art project. I wanted to surprise people. I thought it would be great if people showed up and they found out right when they got there that there were these pouches for the phones.

“I thought it would excite them and possibly make some of them upset. But it’s funny. I go to movies and everyone turns their phone off. You go to the symphony, there’s no phones. Church, no phones. There’s all these places where it’s already happening. So let’s try a rock ’n’ roll concert and see what happens.

“I want people to live in the moment, and it’s funny that the easiest way to rebel is to tell people to turn off their phone. If your phone is that important to you that you can’t live without it for two hours then I don’t know. Maybe it’s time to see a therapist.”

Born the youngest of ten children, raised in Southwest Detroit and a resident of Nashville since 2005, White is one of the most prolific and renowned artists of the past 18 years.

When the White Stripes started in 1997, no one, least of all White, ever expected that a red-and-white two-piece band would take hold in the mainstream world.

With the release of 2001’s White Blood Cells, the band was thrust on magazine covers and captivated audiences through worldwide touring.

Fell In Love With A Girl served as the band’s breakthrough hit and its accompanying Michel Gondry Lego clip was chosen by Pitchfork Media as the #1 music video of the 2000s.

He has also had huge success in other bands (The Dead Weather and the Raconteurs) and as a solo artist.

On April 24, 2012, White released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss.

His second studio album, Lazaretto, was released on June 10, 2014.

White released his latest album, Boarding House Reach, in March.

For more information, visit www.jackwhiteiii.com


May 26: Boston Calling Music Festival – Boston, MA *
May 27: Brewery Ommegang – Cooperstown, NY (SOLD OUT)
May 29: The Anthem – Washington, DC (SOLD OUT)
May 30: The Anthem – Washington, DC (SOLD OUT)
June 1: Governors Ball Music Festival – New York, NY *
June 2: 105.9’s XFest 2018 @ KeyBank Pavilion – Pittsburgh, PA
June 3: Bunbury Music Festival – Cincinnati, OH *
June 4: Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheater – Columbus, OH (SOLD OUT)
June 6: Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH (SOLD OUT)
June 7: Dome Arena – Rochester, NY
June 8: Artpark Mainstage Theater – Lewiston, NY (SOLD OUT)
June 9: Budweiser Stage – Toronto, ON
June 23: Arroyo Seco Weekend – Pasadena, CA *
June 26: Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK (SOLD OUT)
June 27: Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK (SOLD OUT)
June 28: Hammersmith Apollo – London, UK (SOLD OUT)
June 30: Tinderbox – Odense, Denmark
July 2: AFAS Live – Amsterdam, Netherlands (SOLD OUT)
July 3: L’Olympia – Paris, France (SOLD OUT)
July 4: L’Olympia – Paris, France (SOLD OUT)
July 6: Festival Beauregard- Normandy, France *
July 7: Rock Werchter – Werchter, Belgium
July 8: Les Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon, France
July 12: Cruilla Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain *
July 13: Mad Cool Festival – Madrid, Spain *
July 14: NOS Alive – Lisbon, Portugal *
July 15: Ilosaarirock Festival – Joensuu, Finland *
August 5: Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL *
August 6: The Armory – Minneapolis, MN (SOLD OUT)
August 8: 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO (SOLD OUT)
August 9: SaltAir – Salt Lake City, UT
August 11: Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Portland, OR
August 12: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC
August 13: WAMU Theatre – Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)
August 15: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA (SOLD OUT)
August 16: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium – San Francisco, CA
August 18: Rabobank Theater – Bakersfield, CA
August 19: Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA (SOLD OUT)
August 21: Viejas Arena – San Diego, CA
August 22: Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
August 23: The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV (SOLD OUT)
August 24: The Chelsea @ The Cosmopolitan – Las Vegas, NV
September 22: Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival – Franklin, TN *

**Newly announced dates**

October 1: Adrenaline Stadium, Moscow, Russia 
October 3: Palladium Riga, Riga, Latvia
October 4: Siemens Arena, Vilnius, Lithuania 
October 6: Gdynia Arena, Gdynia, Poland 
October 7: MTP2, Poznan, Poland
October 9: Torwar, Warsaw, Poland 
October 10: Tauron Arena Kraków, Kraków, Poland 
October 12: Verti Music Hall, Berlin, Germany
October 13: Zenith, Munich, Germany 
October 14: Warsteiner Music Hall, Dortmund, Germany 
October 16: Brighton Centre, Brighton, UK
October 17: Birmingham Academy, Birmingham, UK
October 18: Hull Venue, Hull, UK
October 20: Space By Echo Arena, Liverpool, UK
October 21: Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK


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