Nashville rocker Jack White has offered "an apology and explanation" for statements he made in a recent Rolling Stone cover story, perceived by many readers as critical of fellow Nashville rock act The Black Keys, pop singers Adele, Duffy and Lana Del Rey, and his former bandmate Meg White.
In the interview, White referred to the Black Keys as a "watered-down" version of his former band, The White Stripes, and made a similar analogy between late retro-soul singer Amy Winehouse and current pop successes Adele, Duffy and Lana Del Rey.
A statement posted Saturday on White's official site titled "An Apology and Explanation from Jack White" finds him changing - or clarifying - his tone.
"I wish the band the Black Keys all the success that they can get," he says. "I hope the best for their record label Nonesuch who has such a proud history in music, and in their efforts to bring the Black Keys songs to the world. I hope for massive success also for their producer and songwriter Danger Mouse and for the other musicians that their band employs. Lord knows that I can tell you myself how hard it is to get people to pay attention to a two piece band with a plastic guitar, so any attention that the Black Keys can get in this world I wish it for them, and I hope their record stays in the top ten for many months and they have many more successful albums in their career."
He later continues: "I wish no slight to the talents of Winehouse, Duffy, Lana del Rey, and Adele. All of whom are wonderful performers with amazing voices. I have their records and I hope for more success for them all as the years go on."
Elsewhere in the Rolling Stone piece, White discusses his estranged relationship with former White Stripes bandmate Meg White, at one point referring to her as a "hermit." In Saturday's statement, White called her "a musician I've personally championed for 15 years.
"She is a strong female presence in rock and roll, and I was not intending to slight her either, only to explain how hard it was for us to communicate with our very different personalities. This got blown out of proportion and made into headlines, and somehow I looked like I was picking on her. I would never publicly do that to someone I love so dearly. And, there are mountains of interviews where my words are very clear on how important I think she is to me and to music."