After 13 years of melting the blues and rock away, the Grammy nominated White Strips have a knack for grabbing attention, especially when the band announces it’s breaking up.
With an announcement, placed online Wednesday signed, “Meg and Jack White, The White Stripes,” the duet said it was over “officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live.”
The web posting continues to explain that the decision was not based on health issues or any disagreement between the bands two main faces, but was a mutual decision reached as a way to “preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way.”
The White Stripes, from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1997 and became known for alternative-rock hits like “Seven Nation Army” and “Fell In Love With a Girl.” The band has cut back on its live performances in recent years, but did release a live album last year called “under the Great White Northern Lights.”
The couple, Jack and Meg White are the sole members of the band. Previously married in 1996, they have been divorced since 2000. Jack performed the vocals, keyboards and guitar and Meg was the drum and backup vocal.
Jack White has become more focused other projects, including the bands, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs, plus music production projects and his record label, Third Man, which is based in Nashville, Tenn.
The announcement on the band’s breakup posted on the website for Third Man Records and the band’s own websites.
“The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore,” the statement said. “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.”