The outfit that made Jack White a household name is no more. The White Stripes announced today that, after 13+ years, the band has decided to call it quits. They will be issuing no further new recordings and will no longer be performing live concerts.
The news was made available today on the band’s website in a formal statement to fans that explained, “The reason is not due to artistic differences or a lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health,” the statement reads. “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.”
The White Stripes thanked their many fans and assured listeners that the band will continue to put out unreleased live and studio material through Third Man Records and The Vault subscription club.
Bidding farewell, the candy-colored duo ended their statement by saying, “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.”
For the full statement, visit WhiteStripes.com.