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Sad news today from the world of rock and roll... The White Stripes, Jack and Meg White, have chosen to hang it up announcing that they're going to be leaving the legacy of the band as is, will not be recording or touring anymore and officially are calling it quits.
Honestly, I'm a little torn between seeing this news as slightly expected and a bit of shock to be honest, and obviously like all the fans of this band out there, a little saddened to be sure.
Jack White has obviously been quite busy in recent years outside of the Stripes, what with his other two bands the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather... both of which have been well received and have been making some great music. There's also been some talk of Jack putting together a solo project, so it's not like he's not busy. The band's last major tour was actually cut short (I think it was their last tour) due to Meg suffering from anxiety. Combine these two factors together and the signs that maybe the Stripes would at least be on extended hiatus if not calling it quits.
At the same time though I seem to remember Jack mentioning that it would feel strange playing with the Stripes again, but also an interesting creative challenge to get back inside that creative box and see what comes out. In fact I thought there was even mention that they were heading back to the studio and Jack already was working on new songs.
Taking these two views together I guess I was erring on the side that a new White Stripes album would be just around the corner because I'm a fan, and their last was certainly stellar in just about every regard. There seemed to be evidence for it any everything... it was on the way, right around the corner. Unfortunately that is not the case though.
Judging from the band's announcement on their website though, it sounds at least as if this was a decision that came from a more positive place than a true “breakup”. If artists want to pursue new avenues, I can respect that. Sometimes it's best to leave things be and move on to new frontiers. Maybe we can expect more music from the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather soon then... that'd be cool. At the same time though, I can't help but feel a slight pain of regret that I never got to see the White Stripes live in person. I've seen plenty of amazing concert footage, but never had the pleasure of seeing them in person unfortunately. I remember the first time I saw them play on Late Night with Conan O'brien and Jack played slide guitar on Conan's desk... freakin' blew my mind. No band, absolutely none, played live like the White Stripes... the shows were truly one of a kind every night. I guess I'll hope for a reunion, just like I continue to hope for a Zeppelin reunion... you never know.
And so although I plan on doing a more thorough tribute to this band in the next few days, I just wanted to say a quick thank you and goodbye to Jack and Meg and wish them both the best of luck in all of their future artistic pursuits.
Stay tuned for more on the White Stripes... I'm thinking they may end up being this month's featured album.