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Jack White Pays Masonic Temple's Back Taxes, Gets Detroit Theater Renamed For Him

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Jack White doesn't forget where he came from.

Honoring the place that played an early role in The White Stripes' stellar career, the 37-year-old rocker showed his true stripes by making a $142,000 donation to Detroit's Masonic Temple to cover back taxes, preventing the landmark from falling into foreclosure.

Per the Detroit Free Press, which outed him as the anonymous donor, in appreciation of White's generous gift the Temple has renamed its Cathedral Theater the Jack White Theater.

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"Jack's donation could not have come at a better time, and we are eternally grateful to him for it," Detroit Masonic Temple Association president Roger Sobran told the paper. "Jack's magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to his historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words."

The humble singer-songwriter and his White Stripes bandmate, Meg White, played their first gig at the Gold Dollar, a club down the street from the Temple back in 1997.

They also held several sold-out shows at the Masonic itself in the years since, as well as a more intimate concert at the smaller Cathedral Theater (now the Jack White Theater), which can accommodate 1,586 people.

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The Temple has also played host in the past to such bands as the Rolling Stones and The Who, but White has another personal connection to the Masonic, as his mother once served as an usher there.

This is not the first time White's looked out for his hometown. In 2009, the Dead Weather man anonymously wrote a $170,000 check to cover renovations to Clark Park, a baseball field where he played as a kid.

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