The White Stripes get Thumped. By Themselves.

I am, by no means, a music aficionado. I like what I like and hate most everything else.

A vast majority of my favorite artists are either dead, or long retired. When I go to the bar, my friends complain how sick they are of ‘over-played’ songs which I’ve never even heard. And to those who know me, it’s no surprise that I’d much rather go to the movie theater than to a concert. That being said, there always was one band I really wanted to see live, The White Stripes.

Now I saw Kid Rock play with Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Joe Louis Arena back in college. And in High School I went to Pine Knob to see STP open for (and out perform) the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Hell, I’ve even seen Flock of Seagulls twice. Over the years I’ve been to plenty of shows, but the truth is, I’ve never seen a band live, that I really loved. That’s largely because most of the bands I love stop touring long before I was born, but I always said I was gonna see The White Stripes.

A few years back I was supposed to go to a show in Detroit, but Jack White broke his hand and the tour was canceled. I wasn’t devastated because I was pretty broke at the time, and I knew I’d have another chance. Turns out I was wrong.

Today, on their website, the band announced it was calling it splits after 13 years.

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 and 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.”

Sincerely,
Meg and Jack White
The White Stripes

Below I’ve included a few of my favorite music videos they did. 2 of which (Fell in Love With A Girl/Hardest Button to Button) were directed by ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND Director Michel Gondry.

And finally a poll I’d appreciate if you’d vote on.

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