Il concetto è più o meno questo: “Without the Stripes, There’d Be No Black Keys”. Jack White prende al balzo la palla (ri)lanciata da Patrick Carney e in una lunga intervista al Rolling Stone torna sullo “scottante” argomento. Il batterista dei Black Keys qualche giorno fa aveva infatti definito White un “asshole”, comprendendo però la situazione delicata post-divorzio e puntando anche il dito contro i siti di becero gossip, che svelando quelle ormai celebri mail private, avrebbero dato vita all’attuale-antipatica faida dialettica proprio tra l’ex-White Stripes e la coppia Auerbach/Carney .
“There are kids at school who dress like everybody else, because they don’t know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I’ll hear TV commercials where the music’s ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it’s me. Half the time, it’s the Black Keys. The other half, it’s a sound-alike song because they couldn’t license one of mine. There’s a whole world that’s totally fine with the watered-down version of the original. Some people will hear that and say ‘Oh, Jack White thinks he’s the first person to play the blues.’ But certain acts open up a market for a certain style. Amy Winehouse: Did she invent white soul? Wearing a beehive? No. But she did something brand new and fresh, altogether as a package, and you see who’s in her wake, from the Duffys to the Lana Del Reys. Adele selling 20 million records? That would not have happened if Amy Winehouse was alive. The White Stripes did the same thing, and in our absence, you’re gonna find someone to fill that. And you get a band like the Black Keys, who said they never heard of the White Stripes? Sure”.