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Holy guacamole: Jack White and University of Oklahoma student journalists mix it up

Jack White was not a happy camper in Oklahoma this week.
Jack White was not a happy camper in Oklahoma this week. WGN

There are many interesting angles to this story about how student journalists at the University of Oklahoma ticked off Jack White by revealing the singer’s tour rider demands for his show there on Monday.

But the best part? We now all have access to a killer new guacamole recipe.

A Jan. 29 story by the school newspaper, The Oklahoma Daily, ran online with this inviting headline: “We want it chunky” and other gems from Jack White's contract with OU.”

To read the entire story, click here.

Some of the “demands” for White and his crew: Four bottles of fresh juice smoothies, one pound of “freshly sliced, high-quality prosciutto and aged salami with a sharp knife,” a medium-cooked New York strip steak post-concert, the aforementioned “fresh-made” guacamole and NO bananas.

Repeat, NO bananas.

The students also got their hands on White’s contract, thanks apparently to the state’s Open Records Act, and reported that the public university spent more than $80,000 to have White perform the sold-out show.

White was fuming and called out the newspaper for making all that info public. “Just because you can type it on your computer doesn’t make it right,” he reportedly griped to the crowd on Monday.

Things got so tense that the OU Daily reported on Thursday that White’s booking agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, had blacklisted OU from future Jack White shows or performances by any of its artists.

Not true, said White’s managers, who released an official statement on Friday.

“To the students and staff of University of Oklahoma:

“Jack White would love to thank all the concert attendees at his performance at the University of Oklahoma. The crowd was incredible and Mr. White played an extensive two and a half hour show for them. The students who helped organize the event were wonderful. 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 incidents with the OU Daily student newspaper reporting the financial terms of the show, the private tour rider information, along with unsolicited photographers from their staff were unfortunate, unprofessional, and very unwelcoming. The show was one of many on this tour directed at playing for university students in their own environment. And the band were all completely thrilled with the performance and the crowd.

“Incidentally, the most important function of a rider is that it lays out optimal technical specifications to ensure the audience has the best experience possible. For that, Jack hires a team of very qualified touring professionals who write the rider and attempt to execute a professional and pleasant experience for all involved. Part of that is making sure that the tour personnel of about 30 people plus the local venue staff are fed.

“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.

“(By the way, now that's it out there, we recommend you try Lalo's guacamole recipe. It's delicious.)”

To get the recipe, click here.

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