In a statement issued on their official website, The White Stripes announced that today, Feb, 2, 2011 the band has officially ended and will make no further recordings or perform live. ” The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Jack and Meg are feeling fine and in good health. It is for a myriad of reasons. The White Stripes no longer belong to jack and Meg anymore. The White Stripes belong to you and you can do with it whatever you want.”
Coming out of Detroit in the late 90’s, the former husband and wife team became one of the most popular and influential duo’s of the 2000’s, thanks to albums like “Get Behind Me Satan” (2005), “Icky Thump” (2007) and “Elephant” (2005). In concert the band was always exciting and it was jaw dropping how much music the two of them were able make on stage.
My White Stripes personal highlight was interviewing Jack and Meg at Bonnaroo in 2007, just before the release of their final studio album, “Icky Thump” and then watching them play from the side of the stage as Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, standing right next to me, played air guitar along with the music. It’s obvious Jack will be around for a long time with his various projects, but what will become of & Meg?
For the full statement, click here.