The White Stripes announce that they have 'officially ended'

the-white-stripes_240.jpg Image Credit: Alex Henry Moore/WireImage.The White Stripes are no more. Jack and Meg White posted a statement on their site today saying that the band “has officially ended and will make no further records or perform live.” The White Stripes’ last album, Icky Thump, came out in 2007, and the duo’s last major appearance was on Conan O’Brien’s final Late Night episode in 2009.

According to the statement, both Jack and Meg are “feeling fine and in good health,” and the decision comes instead from a desire to “preserve what is beautiful and special about the band.”

The full text from the site:

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 an 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

Does this come as a shock to you, Music Mixers? Are you sad to see the end of a White Stripes era?

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  • Chuck

    Disappointed, but not surprised. What with his myriad of other side projects and bands, Jack didn’t seem like his heart was really with the Stripes any more. And, I suspect, he probably felt that he and Meg had pushed the artistic envelope about as far as it could go on what a two-person guitar-and-drum combo could do, musically, and he was probably yearning to do more explorations in the context of a full-band sound, be it with the Raconteurs or the Dead Weather or something else.

    • damw

      I wish I could tell Jack and Meg whom I admire that it’s not “myriad of” – there’s no “of” – it’s “myriad reasons” – I’m not a grammar fanatic but myriad abuse is one of my pet peeves.

      • Mike

        Either way is grammatically correct, actually, as long as you say “a myriad of” and remember to include the “a.”

      • gramma grammarton

        That depends on if you are using it as a noun or adjective, so in this case, it is correct.

        It’s a good thing you aren’t a grammar “fanatic,” or that may have been embarrassing.

      • Myriad

        ‘myriad’ can used as a noun or adjective. what he wrote is correct.

      • steeeeeeee

        Unfortunately, myriad can be used both as a noun and an adjective. Thus, “myriad of” is still a legitimate use of the word.

      • JAM

        I have a myriad of pet peeves

      • Lamar Arnold

        While there are not a myriad (noun) of uses of the word, the myriad (adjective) users of the word as a noun include Thoreau.

      • Jessica

        @ damw I always thought the same, but it can be used both as a noun or an adj.: (from the dictionary) Usage Note: Throughout most of its history in English myriad was used as a noun, as in a myriad of men. In the 19th century it began to be used in poetry as an adjective, as in myriad men. Both usages in English are acceptable, as in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Myriad myriads of lives.” This poetic, adjectival use became so well entrenched generally that many people came to consider it as the only correct use. In fact, both uses in English are parallel with those of the original ancient Greek. The Greek word mrias, from which myriad derives, could be used as either a noun or an adjective, but the noun mrias was used in general prose and in mathematics while the adjective mrias was used only in poetry.

      • jz

        Agreed. And I don’t understand how EW can’t quote a press release correctly. “Officially,” not “official.” All you have to do is cut and paste for crying out loud.

      • LOL

        No one went for a “Heathers” joke?

      • Yo

        Actually, it’s both a noun and adjective, so it can be used either way. When used as a noun, it means a very large number, whereas when used as an adjective, it basically means “countless”, so it can be used either way, but it’s correct in this case.

        On another, on topic, note, this is probably the most depressing news I could’ve received today. This really blows. I was hoping to see them in concert one more time. Oh well, life goes on.

      • dal4cat

        I’m an editor, a grammar professional. The usage of the word “myriad” as written is indeed accurate. A grammar fanatic and a grammar professional are two different things it would seem.

      • kooch

        arguing on the internet is like the special olympics even if you win you’re still retarded

      • Bill

        Gosh I love the Internet!! It’s just freekin’ hilarious how comments about a bands press release can morph into a completely off-topic discussion.

      • MDS

        Despite having learned something about grammar, I am dumber for having read this.

      • Teddy Salad

        like anyone cares about your pet peeves. I think you’re self righteous and get off on telling people they are wrong.

      • Mike

        The band should have put a comma after “With that in mind” in order to set off the prepositional phrase.

      • Jo

        Both should be correct. One is used as a noun, the other used as an adjective.

      • snazzyunit

        Isn’t a myriad those things in Egypt made of large stone blocks?

      • Jeff S


        My pet peeve is people who call out issues with someone’s grammar, but make mistakes doing so. Perhaps if the use of myriad is such a pet peeve perhaps you should get the rules of grammar straight first. Unless your pet peeve is the person you are correctly isn’t using your grammar rules.

      • Kate

        Recent criticism of the use of myriad as a noun, both in the plural form myriads and in the phrase a myriad of, seems to reflect a mistaken belief that the word was originally and is still properly only an adjective. As the entries here show, however, the noun is in fact the older form, dating to the 16th century. The noun myriad has appeared in the works of such writers as Milton (plural myriads) and Thoreau (a myriad of), and it continues to occur frequently in reputable English. There is no reason to avoid it.
        Examples of MYRIAD
        There are a myriad of possibilities.

        Mr. McCullough hails Adams for being uncannily prescient … foreseeing a myriad of developments, from the difficulty of defeating the British … to the divisive consequences of slavery. —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times, 22 May 2001

      • GrammarPolice

        Really guys?!?! Talking about proper grammar much are we? Stick to the story! Or go write about you’re grammatical issues in your personal Blog!

      • Joe Kenadee

        @damw really dude you are a sad human being.

      • Joe

        Actually English grammar is more about ear sound in many cases so no
        “Myriad of” is correct use in this case

      • Dude_Dudesky

        who cares…

      • Nick Passmore

        “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.”
        Hey, let’s use their press statement to have a discussion about correct grammar and usage! This is just astonishing!

      • Jake

        I can see that we are all devastated and trying to distract ourselves with grammar. This is the end of an era. So, what’s next?

      • pulice

        Grammar is so ROCK!

      • Rachel

        You know what my pet peeve is? When I go look at comments to a relevant music story and instead I see countless comments b***ching about grammar. Who cares?

      • truemoboy

        Ouch. Got schooled, son. Nothing more embarrassing than trying to correct grammar online and finding out you suck.

      • Joe

        what is rong with all you guise? is not problem enough however myriad situation.

    • RELIC


      • Mick

        Lame. Stop shilling your crap.

    • Zacharia

      Oh my GOD, what are we ever going to do?

    • Alan

      Maybe now they will have time to wash their hair, get a tan and replace their coffins for beds.

      • steph

        why you gotta hate

    • Viscous Bearnaise

      I don’t care about grammar right now. They’re not making more music! It’s tragic.

      • howlyn

        They are incredible. They will be missed.

      • BG 17

        Especially since, in my humble opinion, Icky Thump was their most accomplished album (you wouldn’t believe how close I was to typing ‘there’ instead of ‘their’. That’s all we need – another grammar rant).

      • Mope A

        @howlyn i agree

    • Steve

      I’m sorry, was this story about the phrase “miriad of” or a band I have never heard about??

      • Doc

        Myriads and myriads of comments… ;)

      • cb

        Ok, you obviously live under a rock, or maybe in Nowheresville USA where everyone is oblivious, they are not an unknown band.

    • CouldCareLess

      I could offer up a myriad of excuses, but I’ve lived my entire life without white stripes… I guess I’ll manage to scrape by now that they are no more. Here, please enjoy a great big cup of “I don’t give a rats azz”.

    • Bob

      OH NO! How can we live without this crappy, pretentious rock. Oh yeah, we still have Kings of Leon to fill that genre.

      • red

        Kings of Leon isn’t comparable to white strips are waaay better. Jack white was the next Hendrix. Its fine if you’ve never heard them but don’t call something you don’t know or don’t really listen to pretentious. Them no longer creating music is a real tragedy to their FANS. If kol stopped making music you wouldnt b happy about it BC you’re a fan. So don’t bag on ppl who actually care about it.

    • Julie Cooper-Nichol

      I bet Meg and Jack White were excited to see so many comments….”Yay, we’re still relevant…oh, most of these comments are about grammar.”

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  • Nick Passmore

    Yesterday I watched “Under Great White Northern Lights” again. Today The White Stripes are no more. What can I say? They were a great band whose like we’re unlikely to see again. Certainly changed music for the better! Only saw them play live once: BBC Maida Vale studios, 25th July 2001: unforgettable!

  • Joe

    No idea what his future plans are, but I’d be more than ok with the news if it meant another Raconteurs album.

    • The Truth


    • tough guy

      The raconteurs, well certainly a solid band, were/are vastly overrated…too popish and nothing groundbreaking either..the Dead Weather on the other hand are bad ass…The White Stripes were a great band and I guarantee you that Mr. White will never lead a greater band…too bad

      • detsea

        great criticisms. ‘popish’ and ‘bad ass’. i don’t know how you can compare the two at all. and i would like to say that the white stripes albums are from from any sort of pop music i’ve heard. try listening to more than just one song you heard on the radio. and how can you call one band overrated and the other badass when they are the brainchild of the exact same person?

  • UGH

    Maybe he’ll work with a REAL drummer from now on.

    • uncleWalty

      seriously…Meg White was and is effin’ TERRIBLE.

      • Stu

        define terrible….maybe compared to a classically trained drummer… but this is raw rock and roll/blues/punk. She played the drums perfectly for the White Stripes sound.

      • Sue1

        Not terrible, just…simplistic. I used to say, only half in jest, that I could have played the drums for WS. I agree with Stu however, it worked.

      • jpg

        Yeah, but she has a great rack, so it evens out…

      • uncleWalty

        terrible as in she cannot keep a consistent rhythm nor can she reliably hit the downbeat. Her fundamentals are crap.

        and yes, I like the White Stripes. But she’s not good. At all.

    • Banger

      Saying Meg white is not a good drummer is COOOOL and HIPSTER DOUCHEBAG like. Give it a rest already. To say the WS albums are great but she sucks, is completely retarded. Stop trying to appear so cool, hipsters, it only paints you as disingenuous assheads.

      • David

        I thought you had to be a HIPSTER DOUCHEBAG in order to like The White Stripes

      • detsea

        i think that if you call anyone a hipster douchebag, then you are a hipster douchebag… what would you rather be? youre probably just a pissed off juggalo

      • cb

        @Dave, do you know real hipsters? They are not the White Stripes’ fanbase. You’re so funny to make a dumb comment that isn’t correct. This article is not about say deerhunter or lcd soundsystem.

    • RyanK

      Meg White’s sound was one of the reasons the White Stripes worked so well as a duo.

    • Shea

      I agree, it was time to move on for him. Her abilities and the type of work they were able to produce was limited.

    • red

      Meg white was a REAL drummer. Jack wanted her to keep her drumming base and raw(he never wanted her to have any professional training) because that’s what his music called for just like when he would play warped guitars for a raw almost unpleasant sound. Meg’s drumming was just that. And criticism of her skills or supposed lack there of is uncalled for. Her almost child like way of playing very simplistic beats was what made their music so great.

  • Saddest Day Ever!

    =[ Why??!?!?!?!! With so much crappy music out there, why must one of the most awesome bands ever do this?!?

    • Bob

      Are you really saying ‘The White Stripes’ are in the same category as ‘Led Zeppelin?’? Do you really not have ears?

      • Anon

        Yes, they are. Like you, I’m old, but unlike you, that hasn’t led me to believe there’s been no musical genius since the 70’s. Jimmy Page has the utmost respect for Jack White. Maybe he knows a bit more about music than you… ya think?

      • steve

        i wouldnt put led zeppelin anywhere near the white stripes. you should probably get your ears checked

      • Lala

        Oh, you’re sooooo funny, steve.

      • RELIC

        Then compare White to Page and Not the Bands to each other…White is the next Page …Meg was fine for what they did , but The Dead Weather and the Raconteurs are where he can focus now…great for us…We will Miss the WS though.

      • youstink

        Jack White is nowhere near the next Jimmy Page. The White Stripes wrote a few good songs, but do not compare to Led Zeppelin.

      • Banger

        Dear youstink, I love Zepplin but to say they wrote their own songs, thats kinda stupid. Yes, Jimmy Page absolutely is one of the best guitarist ever, as for song-writing, not so much.

      • youstink

        I mean’t they don’t compare overall, not particularly speaking about the songwriting. It is well known Zep “borrowed” liberally from many blues artists. Their sound and production value was unique for the time. Jimmy introduced a few engineering tricks and techniques that weren’t yet being done.

      • youstink

        Banger, what exactly do you mean about their songwriting? Are you talking about them stealing ideas or that someone else wrote their stuff?

  • brittany

    I’m sad to hear it BC I would have loved to hear them live in concert but lets just hope they make a much anticipated return at least in one final show like led Zeppelin..

    • LOL

      Who is BC?

      • d-

        BC = “because”

      • binki

        I just want to point out that it makes no sense to use a two letter abbreviation for the word “because” when you take the time to use and spell out a word such as “anticipated.”

      • LOL

        “Because?” That’s pretty stupid.

      • hmm

        Not being able to figure out that bc meant because is pretty stupid.

  • Nathan

    This is pretty disappointing, I really thought they had one more album in them, maybe we’ll get a B-Sides or unreleased type thing by Christmas. Great band anyway, will always love them.

  • SuzyLee

    Absolutely devastated! Their music was the soundtrack to the relationship I have with my husband (he bought me Elephant on our first date). We went to the Third Man store in Nashville on our honeymoon.

    They also helped me cement a wonderful bond with my father in his last years. Never has a band had such an effect on my life! I will always worship them.

    • Anon

      Guess ya gotta break up now.

    • Guy

      That’s a very sweet sentiment, SuzyLee. The group obviously holds a special place in your life. Cheers!

    • Tracy

      That’s the beauty of music, you’ll always have it, even if the band isn’t around.

  • Operator

    I will miss seeing them live and anticipating what they’d do next.
    But its seemed for a while that Jack has outgrown this project and The Raconteurs being a full band gives him much more room to extend his solos and write more complex songs.

  • Frank from

    Not totally surprising given Jack White’s projects since “Icky Thump”, though this is still a major bummer. One of the best live acts I’ve ever seen.

  • HC

    NOOOOOO! sad face…. loved every second of it though….

  • S.O.

    one of the best bands in the past 10 years. their music will never be forgotten.

  • Breeze

    So sad! Love this band. Kudos to them for bowing out I guess…

  • john

    Sad, sad, sad…..

  • ks

    I’m really bummed, I love their music. Hope for the best in whatever they do in the future.

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