The White Stripes...are done.
The news was announced on Wednesday, through their website.
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.I will always have fond memories of the band. I remember when they first hit it big, with "Fell in Love with a Girl," and the sheer awesomeness of its music video. I remember going on a trip to New York City in high school and buying both White Blood Cells and Elephant at the Virgin Megastore and listening to both albums nonstop.
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.
It's truly sad news, but I will try to keep in mind their own words of comfort:
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.I guess it's good that they ended things before they had the chance to become a silly shadow of their former glory like so many other bands have become. Although, based on the quality of all of their releases, I somehow doubt that could ever happen.
I'll just have to be happy that Jack White himself is so prolific as both a musician and producer. We still have both The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, both great bands in their own rights, as well as the White-produced Wanda Jackson album (worth a listen, I think).
I wonder what Meg will be up to...