The White Stripes "Offically Ends"
The Whites Stripes at Bonnaroo in 2007. Photo by Taylor Hill
The White Stripes have broken up, according to an announcement on the band’s official homepage. The group—which was rumored to record this year—has not released an album since 2007’s Icky Thump. The White Stripes has not toured since 2007 though the musicians performed on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien on February 20, 2009.
A statement from the band reads:
The White Stripes would like to announce that today, February 2nd, 2011, their band has officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live.
The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg an Jack are feeling fine and in good health.
It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.
Meg and Jack want to thank every one of their fans and admirers for the incredible support they have given throughout the 13 plus years of The White Stripes’ intense and incredible career.
Third Man Records will continue to put out unreleased live and studio recordings from The White Stripes in their Vault subscription record club, as well as through regular channels.
Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn’t met with sorrow by their fans but that it is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the art and music that the band has created. It is also done with the utmost respect to those fans who’ve shared in those creations, with their feelings considered greatly.
_With that in mind the band have this to say:
“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”
Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes
Jack White spent the past few years focusing on his other bands The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, building Nashville’s Third Man Records and branding himself as a solo entity. He recently toured with rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson and will contribute to Danger Mouse’s new project Rome.
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