White Stripes call it quits, but no hard feelings
The White Stripes are calling it a day.
In a statement posted Wednesday on their website, interest in which apparently caused the site to crash Wednesday morning, Jack and Meg White jointly said they will make no more recordings or live appearances as the White Stripes.
Here’s the full text:
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 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
A spokeswoman for the duo said there would be no further comment beyond the announcement.
The White Stripes released six studio albums since forming in 1997, and the live album “Under Great White Northern Lights” last year. Its last studio album, "Icky Thump, came in 2007 and reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The duo collected four Grammy Awards, and Jack White picked up a fifth related to his work in the White Stripes as the writer of “Seven Nation Army,” named best rock song for 2003.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo of Meg and Jack White performing on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" in 2009. Credit: Dana Edelson / NBC Photo.