While the episode was nowhere near on par Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong‘s outburst at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas last week, the former White Stripes main man did depart the stage after only 45 minutes.
After performing just a dozen numbers, White thanked the crowd and headed for the wings. The audience in attendance were left chanting for more. However according to reports, those chants quickly turned into shouts of anger as road crews began breaking down White’s gear and the curtain fell on the stage.
No official explanation has been given for White’s hasty departure. However there has been speculation that the singer/guitarist was displeased with the crowd’s reaction.
Asked White at one point in between songs. “Is this an NPR convention?”
The use of cellphone cameras was also forbidden during the show but White was observed exchanging words with someone in the front row who was using their phone to video tape the show.
After the show many fans pushed into the lobby to return the records, t-shirts and other merchandise they’d purchased prior to the show. Other fans banged on the two tour buses that were parked outside the theater.
White is currently on tour in support of his solo album Blunderbuss, which debuted at no. 1 when it was released back in April.