With the announcement of Jack White’s first full-fledged tour in nearly four years comes the declaration that these massive arena shows will be “phone-free.” White has been historically anti-cell phone at shows, but now he has made his aversion official. According to a Ticketmaster listing for White’s upcoming Detroit show, “we think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.”
The phones will be locked in Yondr pouches, which have been employed in the past by the likes of Dave Chappelle and Childish Gambino, both of whom were in the business of keeping their new material safe from leaking before release date. In White’s case, his new album Boarding House Reach will have already been out for nearly a month before he takes the stage at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena for the tour opener. Additionally, Chappelle and Gambino used the pouches for either a smaller show or a one-off, not a full-fledged string of arena dates that boast 15,000+ seats. That’s a lot of pouches.
Check out the White’s full declaration phone-free shows below, and his upcoming tour dates here.