The White Stripes Disband

After more than a decade together, Detroit rock duo The White Stripes have broken up.

An announcement was made on the band’s official website earlier today:

“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 band stated that their split was “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.”

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jack White and drummer Meg White formed The White Stripes in 1997. During their time together, the duo released six studio albums, one EP and one live record. The White Stripes’ last tour, which was cut short because of Meg White’s acute anxiety problems, took place in 2007 in support of their album ‘Icky Thump.’

The group went on hiatus in 2008 and Jack White focused his attention on his other bands, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, as well as his record label, Third Man Records.

Jack and Meg White gave the following parting statement:

“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.”