Jack White revealed in a recent interview promoting his new solo album, Lazaretto (out June 10th), that he does not have a mobile phone.
“I don’t like to carry anything with me,” the former White Stripes frontman told NPR. “I don’t have a cell phone. I don’t like to carry a wallet with me if I can help it. I just don’t like having things in my hands like that.”
Elsewhere in the interview, White explains the meaning behind the title of his new album, saying Lazaretto is “a word for a quarantine hospital, or a quarantine island, or something like that,” he said. “It’s a beautiful-sounding word, too, ‘lazaretto’ — coming from Lazarus, I guess.”
“[The title track] is the only thing that I really put in the album of my own personality,” White said. “There’s also a song called ‘That Black Bat Licorice,’ where I talk about being confined, a prisoner in a hospital. That really is me, personally. My sort of fantasy that I have is, I wish that some other forces, some powers that be, would push me into this scenario for a month and lock me somewhere, instead of me doing it to myself all the time. I’m always imposing restrictions on myself. And so I guess my fantasy is, it would be so nice to be in a quarantine hospital, but not to die from it — just to know that I had to stay here for two months and I can’t do anything else.”