The White Stripes Disband…Surprisingly
Today was a sorrowful day for many music fans as the surprising announcement of the White Stripes’ disbandment was released via the Third Man Records website. The news ends the 14 year musical partnership between Jack White and Megan Martha White, who together produced six studio albums.
The dismemberment follows the band’s most successful era, with each of their last three albums winning the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. The duo also snagged appearances at major music festivals across the globe, including Bonnaroo, Coachella and Reading.
The band cited no particular reasons for the breakup, other than a protection of the music’s sanctity as a whole.
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.
Perhaps the most alarming note in the entire statement is the opening one…
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.
A band as powerful as the White Stripes dropping information like this on a dedicated fan base is like throwing a wrench into a jet engine.
However, faithful fan can take solitude in history, which shows that many bands who make such bold promises of permanent disbandment typically fold in time.
Look at Soundgarden for instance…
On April 9, 1997, the band announced their breakup, following a nasty conclusion of their ’97 tour.
In a 2005 interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, lead singer Chris Cornell squashed any dreams of a Soundgarden reunion with his tough, yet honest commentary…
“It’s almost like we sealed the lid and said this is Soundgarden and this is its lifespan and put it out there and it looks really great to me. I think getting back together would take the lid off that and then could possibly change what to up to now to me seems like the perfect lifespan of the band. I can’t think of any reason to mess with that. Everyone in the band is doing other things musically and everyone in the band is very proud of Soundgarden. To answer your question, probably not.”
This sentiment of protecting the art was echoed in the Stripes’ announcement Wednesday, however, it is impossible to tell how long it will take before their patience finally breaks.
On New Year’s Day 2010, a Soundgarden reunion was confirmed, sending a viral hysteria across the internet while revealing how impossible it really is, for artists to maintain promises of separation amidst a world of pressuring fans, agents and venues.
Realistically, more often than not, it is money that breaks those promises.
Soundgarden reunited in an extravagant fashion, snagging a headlining slot on the 2010 Lollapalooza Lineup, including other exclusive shows at Chicago’s Vic Theater and Seattle’s Showbox at the Market. The fan base was licking it’s chops at a reunion show and they got one…for a hefty ticket price.
However money seems an irrelevant concept for Jack White, who is still neck deep in projects, including the Raconteurs, the Dead Weather and numerous productions, including heading his record label, Third Man Records, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Only time will tell if Jack and Meg will ever grace the stage together again, donned in their now famous red, white and black apparel.
One thing is for sure; their legacy is solidified and until said reunion does happen, shall it ever, the music will be protected.
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