XPN MusicNotes: Aretha to sing for Pope, “Neil-Fest” opens w/ Ryan Adams’ duet w/ Norah Jones….oh, & Jack White tried to fight The Black Key’s Patrick Carney last night.


We definitely do not subscribe to the “celeb-grandstanding style” of reporting but this one we simply could not ignore: Jack White tried to fight Patrick Carney at a NYC bar last night.

Apparently The Black Keys & Jack White have some kind of ongoing feud going back to Jack’s claims that The Black Keys have taken from his sound. White later apologized. Early this morning however, Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney Tweeted that Jack White challenged him to a fight last night at a NYC bar. Carney says he walked away from the confrontation describing White as:

“A 40 year old bully who tried to fight the 35 year old nerd.”

Read more of Carney’s Tweets here via Pitchfork.
In the meantime, when asked about the alleged altercation, Jack White told EW in a statement, “

“Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. Nobody touched you or ‘bullied’ you. You were asked a question you couldn’t answer so you walked away. So quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being. End of story.”

And then there’s real music news…

( Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File ) Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
( Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File ) Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Philly.com is reporting today that Aretha Franklin will join the other artists performing for Pope Francis at the Festival of Families Saturday, Sept. 26th on the Ben Franklin parkway in Philadelphia. The Queen of Soul will join tenor Andrea Bocelli, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Latin pop star Juanes. The festival will be broadcast on TV and shown on 40 Jumbo-tron screens throughout the city.  Read more here.


The above photo of Ryan Adams and Norah Jones was taken last night at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC as the annual “Neil-Fest” got underway. The two-night series celebrating the music of Neil Young featured Ryan Adams covering a few classic Neil Young songs including: “Helpless,” “Cinnamon Girl,” & “Old Man” with Norah Jones. Watch fan video below of all 3 songs.

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