It’s a sad day for White Stripes fans as the band has announced they’re calling it quits after 14 years. It’s been about four years since they’re last record, Icky Thump, and during the extended hiatus, Jack White has had a myriad of other projects, including The Raconteurs and the Dead Weather. Here is the statement from the band’s website:
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.”
The duo formed in Detroit in 1997 when they were still a married couple, but their break through came in 2001 with their third album White Blood Cells. In the last 10 years, they’ve had a great deal of success, with headlining appearances at major festivals and Grammy wins for each of their last three albums. Here’s a little blast from the past with their first big hit, “Fell in Love With a Girl,” which remains a classic video: