Jack White proposes, weds onstage in Detroit concert shocker

Jack White performed at a sold out Masonic Temple Friday, April 08, 2022, in Detroit.

A very good day turned into an extraordinary Friday night for Jack White.

To a surprised roar from a packed Masonic Temple Theater audience, White culminated his Detroit homecoming show by proposing to his girlfriend, musician Olivia Jean.

Making their way back out for the show’s ostensible encore five minutes later, White and Jean had another jubilant jolt for the crowd, tying the knot in an onstage wedding ceremony officiated by Third Man’s Ben Swank. Their respective bass players were the best man and maid of honor, while members of their families, including White’s mother, Theresa Gillis, stood by.

In a long history of memorable Jack White shows in Detroit — stretching back more than two decades to his White Stripes years — this one unexpectedly wound up near the top. In the kickoff of his Supply Chain Issues Tour, in tandem with a round of new music, it was to be expected to be a standard celebratory homecoming for White at the Masonic, his favorite hometown venue.

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