Jack White will not play Billy Bob's Texas after all.
Event planners at the honky tonk in Fort Worth organized a Tilt campaign in March, selling nearly 3,000 imaginary tickets in hopes that strong sales could convince White and his team to book a show in Fort Worth. It was a shot in the dark -- a way to "show Jack that the people of Fort Worth and Dallas and its region - or even the state of Texas ... want him here," Billy Bob's Marketing Director Chris Spinks told The Dallas Morning News when the campaign started.
According to an update on the campaign, all the tickets -- which cost $50 each -- will be refunded since White has not booked a show. He recently played an acoustic show in Fargo, North Dakota, and a press released called it "his final live performance of any sort for the foreseeable future."
Billy Bob's tried. Hard, they say: "We have explored every opportunity possible and put this effort in front of every member of Jack's camp," reads a memo to the fans of the campaign. "We even sent a fantastic fan created video to Jack's management and agent!" Here, the waiting was certainly the hardest part.
It might take four or five days before ticketholders' refunds appear. From the beginning of the campaign, organizers promised refunds if White did not agree to a concert.
Reps at Billy Bob's remain hopeful that the strong showing could convince White to come to Fort Worth at another time. (After all, White has never played Billy Bob's.) "If later down the road the possibility of Jack performing at Billy Bob's comes back to the forefront, any Tilt contributor from this campaign will be notified first," the memo says.