Rock Star Saves Masonic Temple

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
White Stripes founder Jack White pays temple

** FILE** Meg White and Jack White of "The White Stripes" are shown in New York in this May 5, 2004, file photo . The White Stripes have canceled upcoming tour dates "due to health issues." "Meg White is suffering from acute anxiety and is unable to travel at this time," the duo said Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, in a posting on their Web site. (AP Photo/ Diane Bondareff)

"Temple President Roger Sobran says his group is renaming the 1,586-seat theater in its benefactor's name as the Jack White Theater."

Musician Jack White has played springtime Santa, paying a $142,000 back tax bill for Detroit's historic Masonic Temple. The move prevents a threatened auction of the famed venue where The Who and the Rolling Stones once played.
Last Thursday, a then-anonymous donor paid off the famed music venue's entire 2010-2012 tax delinquency. The 14-story Masonic Temple was days away from being put up for sale.
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. It takes up an entire block and has more than 1,000 rooms, as well as a theater that has featured top performers for decades.
Temple President Roger Sobran says his group is renaming the 1,586-seat theater in its benefactor's name as the Jack White Theater.


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