The Lo-fi legend and White Stripes frontman made some major announcements this week including a new album, a new tour and the release of a new song. The record, Lazaretto is set to come out on June 10 of this year. This second solo LP comes two years after the grammy nominated Blunderbuss.
About the album, White told Rolling Stone “It’s definitely not one sound. It’s definitely several. Like you heard in Blunderbuss, there’s many different styles there. I don’t pick my style and then write a song. I just write whatever comes out of me…” In that same interview he made it clear the his two backing bands, the all male “Vultures” and all female “Peacocks” will be joining him on the road and in the studio again.
Lazaretto’s supporting tour includes dates in New York, St. Louis, Houston, Chicago and Pittsburgh. The international leg will have stops at the UK’s Glastonbury festival, and the Heineken Music Festival in Amsterdam. White’s performances have a reputation for being spectacular and audiences attending the shows should expect to see something fantastic.
The LP’s title track will be recorded direct to a master acetate vinyl and distributed in the same day it’s created on April 19. The 45 single will be produced at Third Man Records in Nashville as a Record Store Day promotion, billed as “World’s Fastest Record.” If this is done successfully it will set the guinness record for speed of a single being recorded, produced, pressed, and distributed.
The first song released from Lazaretto is an instrumental track called “High Ball Stepper,” and it can be heard below.
Tour dates for Jack White:
5/29 – Tulsa, OK
5/30 – Lubbock, TX
5/31 – 6/1 – Houston, TX (Free Press Summer Festival)
6/2 – Shreveport, LA
6/3 – New Orleans, LA
6/5 – Charlotte, NC
6/7 – New York, NY (Governors Ball Festival)
6/12 – 6/15 – Manchester, TN (Bonnaroo Festival)
7/19 – Louisville, KY (Forecastle Festival)
7/20 – St. Louis, MO
7/21 – Milwaukee, WI
7/23 – Chicago, IL
7/24 – Chicago, IL
7/27 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/28 – Detroit, MI
7/30 – Detroit, MI
7/31 – Toronto, ON
8/1 – 8/3 – Montreal, QC (Osheaga Music & Arts Festival)