Reports as to whether The White Stripes would ever tour again ranged from “no chance” to “as soon as Meg is ready” over the past few years, so it can’t come as the biggest surprise that Meg and Jack White announced the end of the band this afternoon via an announcement on whitestripes.com…
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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 and 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 is is seen as a positive move done out of respect for 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 and you can do 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
While we’re sad to see the band say farewell, we’re happy to see them part on good terms. There’s no doubt Jack will keep himself busy, but the future is a bit more uncertain for Ms. Meg. We are intrigued and excited to hear the archival releases through Third Man Records that today’s announcement promises. R.I.P. White Stripes, we’ll see you at Coachella 2029.