Jack White vs. the Black Keys
Comparisons to the Black Keys had left White well and truly pissed, and he took every opportunity to distance himself from the band. "I'm a lot more to do with Jay-Z than the Black Keys," he told Rolling Stone in 2010 – and to keep it that way he barred Dan Auerbach from his Third Man Studio.
The feud escalated during White's contentious divorce from Karen Elson in August 2013, when emails between the exes leaked. In one, White bemoaned Elson's decision to send their kids to the same Nashville private school as Auerbach's children. "That's a possible twelve fucking years I'm going to be sitting in kids chairs next to that asshole with other people trying to lump us in together. He gets another free reign to follow me around and copy me and push himself into my world."
The emails made headlines across the globe, but the Keys took it in stride. "As fucked up as that shit is, that was a private conversation," Patrick Carney said in a May 2014 interview with Rolling Stone. Despite the gracious response, White continued venting. "I'll hear TV commercials where the music's ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it's me," he told Rolling Stone in a May 2014 cover story. "Half the time, it's the Black Keys."
As the interview hit stands, White shared an apology on his website. "I wish the Black Keys all the success that they can get," he said. "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."
It seemed as though the hatchet was buried, but Carney then accused White of trying to physically fight him when they crossed paths at a Manhattan bar in September 2015. Carney chronicled the alleged incident in a lengthy series of tweets. "Really really sad and pathetic," he wrote. "Jack White is basically Bill Corgan's dumb ass zero t-shirt in human form."
White quickly issued a denial – sort of. "Nobody tried to fight you, Patrick. … Quit whining to the Internet and speak face to face like a human being." Further details remain scarce, but not long after, Carney deleted most of the tweets detailing the supposed fight, instead writing simply: "Talked to Jack for an hour he's cool. All good." White shared a similar message of goodwill, tweeting, "From one musician to another, you have my respect Patrick Carney."