Jack White pays Detroit Masonic Temple's tax bill

Associated Press
Jack White pays Detroit Masonic Temple's tax bill

FILE - This Sept. 18, 2009 file photo shows musician Jack White taking part in a news conference in Toronto. The operators of Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple announced Tuesday, June 4, 2013, that White made a $142,000 donation to cover the delinquent tax bill for the prominent music venue that has hosted such groups as The Who and the Rolling Stones over the decades. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

DETROIT (AP) -- 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.

The Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/16HNPOr ) reports that temple President Roger Sobran says his group is renaming the 1,586-seat theater in its benefactor's name as the Jack White Theater.