Confirming the news the fans have dreaded since announcing their hiatus in 2007, The White Stripes confirmed their breakup today on their website, http://whitestripes.com/. This is the first news to come from the popular garage-rock band since the release of their 2009 live documentary/album package, Under Great White Northern Lights.
“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,” was posted as a reasoning for the split.
The band would go on to confirm that the Third Man Records Vault Subscription record club would remain open for current subscribers and continue to produce live recordings. The band would also thank fans and say that the music now belongs to the fans.
“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 five-time Grammy Award-winning band released their last full-length album, Icky Thump, in 2007. After cancelling the remainder of the tour supporting the album, due to Meg White’s acute anxiety problems, the band would only make limited appearances for the next four years, with the most memorable taking place at the final show of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, performing their friend Conan’s favorite song, “We’re Going to be Friends.”
Jack White has performed with several other bands since The White Stripes’ hiatus, including the blues-rock band The Raconteurs and alternative-rock band The Dead Weather. In late 2010, producer Danger Mouse announced White would be a part of a project he was producing with Norah Jones.