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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fell In Love With a Band

Bittersweet news from the White Stripes camp today when the duo announced the end of their creative partnership.  I can't say I was entirely surprised by this news but it was a sad development for one of the best bands in recent years.

I had the very great fortune of seeing the band in concert several times and each show was a dazzling affair.  I remember always coming away in awe of how Meg and Jack performed as if a force of nature.  So much raw power and simple beauty in their music.

They will be missed.

From the band's website.  (Pictures from the John Labatt Centre in July 2007.)
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


Allison said...

Still makes me a bit sad.

Plus, I'm still not over the fact that my dad got to go to their show in London a few years back (all the time calling them "White Bread") and not offering to give me an extra ticket.

But I'm not holding a grudge. Clearly.

Sean Wraight said...

It does make one sad doesn't it? The White Breads had such amazing chemistry. I will definitely miss them.

I hope your dad at least got you a nice t-shirt to commemorate his good ticket fortune. That's the least he could do right? Quite a show that one was...