I love the White Stripes. I don’t think there’s a song I don’t like. My bestfriend Patrick and I used to blast Seven Nation Army back in school…and we’ve been faithful fans ever since we first knew who they were.
Their fansite is exploding with comment from fans both wishing them well and damning them for stopping the magic.
An excerpt from the site:
“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’s for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.” It also pointed out that White’s Third Man Records will “continue to put out unreleased live and studio recordings,” but as far as making new material or appearing on stage together again, that seems to be over. (Though Jack White is, of course, plenty busy as a producer and member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, so he’s not going anywhere.)
Jack and Meg offered this as their last White Stripes sign-off:
“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.”