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Jack White ordered not to speak

The White Stripes have had to postpone their Japanese tour dates due to Jack White suffering an “acute vocal cord problem”.

The band were due to kick off on January 12, playing two dates in Tokyo and one each in Osaka and Nagoya.

However, in a mail-out to fans, it was revealed that Jack has been instructed to not speak or sing for the next two weeks in order to protect his vocal cords and speed recovery.

The dates are hoped to be rescheduled as soon as possible, although the White Stripes still plan to play the Big Day Out festival, which rolls through New Zealand and Australia from January 20.