The White Stripes break up
2011-02-02 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 158 Comments

The White Stripes have announced they are to split with immediate effect.

A statement on the band's website reads: "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, not any health issues as both Jack and Meg 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."


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Oswig328
February 2nd 2011

29 Comments


this is horrible news. i never got to see them live.

bornthetravestyofman
February 2nd 2011

70 Comments


turrible band. I really hates them.

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Hep Kat
February 2nd 2011

15015 Comments


you mean they're not BROTHER AND SISTER

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SHAKEandBAKE
February 2nd 2011

1309 Comments


Damn this sucks.

ARuinedEmpire
February 2nd 2011

391 Comments


..the fuck? This sucks.

hesperus
February 2nd 2011

184 Comments


Fifteen-year-old me would be sad.

combustion07
February 2nd 2011

5339 Comments


Meh I like their music but if they don't want to go on to the point that they become a parody of themselves I think that's a pretty good decision.

BigHans
February 2nd 2011

26455 Comments


Meh

WashboardSuds
February 2nd 2011

4984 Comments


weird, I never liked their music,
yet i still don't care that they're breaking up

fr33convict
February 2nd 2011

11687 Comments


This makes me sad but I understand why they would do it.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2011

7314 Comments


I never liked them that much but this is still kinda shit. Good that they want to preserve what they've done though, if only more bands did the same...

TheGreatFedora
February 2nd 2011

116 Comments


Shame, especially because Icky Thump was really good. But pretty easy to see coming; they haven't done any new stuff in a while

sleepyhead
February 2nd 2011

593 Comments


this news made my day... and i had a pretty shitty day until now

Urinetrouble
February 2nd 2011

5754 Comments


FUCK FUCK FUCK i just started getting into them too

combustion07
February 2nd 2011

5339 Comments


They'll probably start a crunkcore project together next year.

fr33convict
February 2nd 2011

11687 Comments


White Blood Stripes on the Dancecyde.

sleepyhead
February 2nd 2011

593 Comments


don't worry guys, just listen to Dead Weather and Raconteurs from now on

MutnikSpusic
February 2nd 2011

560 Comments


meeeeeeeeh

Titan50
February 2nd 2011

4588 Comments


Legit reason to break up, I'm glad. They left a solid body of work

londoncalling457
February 2nd 2011

2594 Comments


i really wanted to see what they would do next in terms of their sound, but it very well could have ended up being awful, so whatever.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011

17197 Comments


...and not a single shit was given...

ManicDemise
February 2nd 2011

428 Comments


Good; it's about time this happened. Fuck this band.

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feedhertothesharks
February 2nd 2011

144 Comments


meh (2)

NorwichScene
February 2nd 2011

1409 Comments


Band had some hits, wont really be missed though

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JWT155
February 2nd 2011

9205 Comments


At least Aiden's releasing a new album...

fsharptrit0ne
February 2nd 2011

4814 Comments


Weird, I was just explaining to some friends the other day why I can't stand Jack White.

drasticaction74
February 2nd 2011

1720 Comments


YEEEEESSSSSSSSS

alachlahol
February 2nd 2011

7471 Comments


what do you mean not a shit was given these two put out quality stuff this is a shame

Yazz_Flute
February 2nd 2011

18764 Comments


I'M GOIN TO WICHITA
FAR FROM THIS OPERA FO EVA MOR

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rollnchew
February 2nd 2011

85 Comments


I care but I don't know why.

telebyrd
February 2nd 2011

869 Comments


MEG WHITE > JEFF PORTNOY

AMIRITE

JWT155
February 2nd 2011

9205 Comments


Jeff? You mean Mike Portnoy nub.

Blackbelt54
February 2nd 2011

4268 Comments


i've never liked the white stripes so... meh

MaskAtTheMasquerade
February 2nd 2011

2887 Comments


sucks, i enjoy a lot of their stuff

AnotherBrick
February 2nd 2011

9770 Comments


ABOUT TIME

Yazz_Flute
February 2nd 2011

18764 Comments


lol Jeff Portnoy

burntsugar
February 2nd 2011

45 Comments


I won't miss them.

telebyrd
February 2nd 2011

869 Comments


Jeff Portnoy, Jeff Portnoy, and Jeff Portnoy in.... The Fatties

JWT155
February 2nd 2011

9205 Comments


Nice mix up lol

AnotherBrick
February 2nd 2011

9770 Comments


YEAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH

bears
February 2nd 2011

106 Comments


well yeah. i dunno what to say. except, this sucks.

dylantheairplane
February 2nd 2011

2164 Comments


incredibly random and sucky news :/

BassDemon333
February 2nd 2011

3351 Comments


Damn, well that sucks

telebyrd
February 2nd 2011

869 Comments


We have cage the elephant now. Rejoice

Blaizend
February 2nd 2011

647 Comments


YESSSSSSSSSS

dylantheairplane
February 2nd 2011

2164 Comments


"We have cage the elephant now."

oh god no

Xenophanes
Emeritus
February 2nd 2011

10585 Comments


Thought they broke up awhile ago

Oh well, shows how much I care...

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bloc
February 2nd 2011

34679 Comments


Good

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Maniac!
February 2nd 2011

26246 Comments


kinda sad

promiseswept
February 2nd 2011

846 Comments


Good [2]

beverboy899
February 2nd 2011

12 Comments


....meanwhile in incestville

bloc
February 2nd 2011

34679 Comments


Actually lol'd at Jeff Portnoy

Maize
February 2nd 2011

152 Comments


overrated band everyone will have forgotten about in a year.

Nagrarok
February 2nd 2011

8169 Comments


They have some cool songs but I never was into them much. So meh.

Satellite
February 2nd 2011

20679 Comments


this is really nothing more than a formality, but still a bummer.

one of the first bands i ever saw live. they did the detroit rock scene proud.

RIP

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Parallels
February 2nd 2011

6640 Comments


they divorced and continued to play together. this was inevitable.

Emim
February 2nd 2011

26506 Comments


White Stripe

botb
February 2nd 2011

9560 Comments


yeah i imagine that if they have creative differences or something that that's gonna be hard to avoid splitting since there's only two members

farglesnuff
February 2nd 2011

241 Comments


Sad cuz i never got to see them live... They made great music. Man im a bummed...

North0House
February 2nd 2011

1764 Comments


I always kinda liked them... Just occasionally.
Sounds like they ran out of ideas and didn't want to just release a crap album, so they called it off.
That's what I gathered from their quote, at least.

Tyrael
February 2nd 2011

20740 Comments


Damn this sucks...

Scoot
February 2nd 2011

17681 Comments


unexpected

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DiceMan
February 2nd 2011

7068 Comments


Thank god.

Orichalcum
February 2nd 2011

16 Comments


Haters can suck it, they were tight, this sucks

dixoncocks
February 2nd 2011

2433 Comments


megs probably on the rag.
Hot flashes effecting stage performance, etc.

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OutOfMyself
February 2nd 2011

688 Comments


Awesome, they weren't that great of a band anyways...
Although Meg White does have a nice rack, if that counts for something...Who am I kidding, of course that counts for something. But then there's her face...

Uranium
February 2nd 2011

7050 Comments


At least they're smarter than Eminem and know to stop making music once their quality starts decreasing.

Rev
February 2nd 2011

9382 Comments


meh. I tried giving Elephant another try a few months back.


Bored me to death

tiesthatbind
February 2nd 2011

7371 Comments


Jeff Portnoy hahahahaha

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G3N3R1C
February 2nd 2011

1945 Comments


I'm in the minority who thinks that The Dead Weather is Jack White's best band, so this isn't the WORST loss ever imo. Although, i honestly think that if he wanted to give up a musical project, he shouldve ended The Raconteurs instead.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011

7317 Comments


Icky Thump was one of the best albums of 2000s for me. So yeah, this sucks so much.

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qwe3
February 2nd 2011

21353 Comments


i've only been excited about the white stripes twice

the first time was when i heard meg white had a sex tape

the other was today

elephantREVOLUTION
February 2nd 2011

2735 Comments


eh, i enjoy the white stripes but it's not too big of a deal. jack white is in like 5 other bands that are pretty good.

nash1311
February 2nd 2011

1754 Comments


This owns.

sublimefan1991
February 2nd 2011

753 Comments


white stripes break up = meg white stopped putting out.

WARisalliknow91
February 2nd 2011

493 Comments


HA!

FearThyEvil
February 2nd 2011

12266 Comments


^ This

Nomos
February 2nd 2011

808 Comments


Finally! God they're bad. Terribly overrated. Bout time. Good riddance.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011

7317 Comments


Not nearly as overrated as this site's darlings.

Mordecai.
February 2nd 2011

8270 Comments


the first time was when i heard meg white had a sex tape


qwe

i need this tape

greg84
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011

7317 Comments


^ I don't agree with that. This was his best band.

CrownOfMagnets
February 2nd 2011

2232 Comments


Damn this sucks.

LegendofPittman
February 2nd 2011

2943 Comments


I still like this band, although not as much as I used to. Too bad I never got to see them live.

Goku
February 2nd 2011

253 Comments


Can I get a fuck yeah?

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2011

23798 Comments


I blame Meg White for this. What a waste of flesh.

this sucks though, I never got to see them live. White Blood Cells is one of the best albums of the decade. don't leave us!

TomAkaVeto
February 2nd 2011

1599 Comments


"Haters can suck it, they were tight, this sucks" [2]

JWT155
February 2nd 2011

9205 Comments


Only two balls.

shablaman54
February 2nd 2011

281 Comments


a7x should pick up meg white for her unbelievable skillz on the skinz

pedro70512
February 2nd 2011

2414 Comments


So it's the Isis clause eh? Fair enough, they've made their waves. Congrats on a great career.

808muzik
February 2nd 2011

935 Comments


This sucks. They sounded good, I sort of liked them.

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Spec
February 2nd 2011

27062 Comments


Yes!

Uranium
February 2nd 2011

7050 Comments


They had some great songs and they had some horrible songs.

shablaman54
February 2nd 2011

281 Comments


i mean, it's interesting that she's recognized as a drummer

Apollo
February 2nd 2011

10266 Comments


best thing I have read all day. I despise this horrid band.



Manic_
February 2nd 2011

447 Comments


sucks, amazing band

skippingboy123
February 2nd 2011

431 Comments


Man this sucks, I do like them a lot, its not too too suprising though. Hopefully Jack creates another band, I don't know.

Rut8norm
February 2nd 2011

32 Comments


a better bluesy rock guy-gal duo: The Kills

Brontosaurus
February 2nd 2011

295 Comments


yeah im not surprised. They haven't done shit since Icky Thump and that wasnt all that great anyway.

skippingboy123
February 2nd 2011

431 Comments


The Black Keys are my back up, haha,

deepintheorchard
February 2nd 2011

644 Comments


It's not like he has 2 other bands or anything.

Homunculusninja
February 2nd 2011

112 Comments


"Haters can suck it, they were tight, this sucks" [3]

We still have the Black Keys, as I am reminded by every commercial ever

Homunculusninja
February 2nd 2011

112 Comments


"Haters can suck it, they were tight, this sucks" [3]

We still have the Black Keys, as I am reminded by every commercial ever

Torii
February 2nd 2011

805 Comments


Kinda sucks.

Josh D.
February 2nd 2011

13967 Comments


They are terrible, oh well.

Eskate87
February 2nd 2011

959 Comments


there was nothing beautiful and special about this band

Comatorium.
February 2nd 2011

4090 Comments


:[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[ :[

MUNGOLOID
February 2nd 2011

4277 Comments


i r sad right now. one of my favorite bands tbh.

Captain Civic
February 2nd 2011

280 Comments


Could care less.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011

10258 Comments


caring enough to post in this thread

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Captain Civic
February 2nd 2011

280 Comments


That's right! I did!

shindip
February 2nd 2011

3536 Comments


a smart decision

Hommer
February 2nd 2011

52 Comments


Please concentrate on Raconteurs, Jack. Dead Weather succcckkk.

NigelH
February 2nd 2011

1571 Comments


Sucks. Always wanted to see them live.

therandomness
February 2nd 2011

59 Comments


I'm dying.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2011

30882 Comments


I kept telling Meg she needed more dev time, didn't expect her to free up all her time

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eternium
February 2nd 2011

16304 Comments


what the fuck

Ruined my night.

Schnob93
February 2nd 2011

20 Comments


DOH

Knott-
Emeritus
February 2nd 2011

10194 Comments


what the fuck

made my night

joebass
February 2nd 2011

25 Comments


never liked them too much but this is still pretty lame. they're a band that became huge and successful without changing their sound for the mainstream or selling out their values, you can't say that about too many bands in today's day and age. atleast they made the right decision to call it quits before their music started goin to shit

InFiction
February 2nd 2011

3638 Comments


I heard about this on the train this morning when my friend was checking facebook on his phone. Sucks a bit. I think Sleigh Bells will become the new White Stripes.

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Awesomesauce
February 3rd 2011

1083 Comments


I thought this happened years ago. No great loss. They had a few good songs a long, long time ago and have to be one of the worst live acts of the last decade.

nash1311
February 3rd 2011

1754 Comments


LOL at the dude saying her tempo was great. yeah it's pretty fucking easy to stay on time with what she plays bro. especially if you've got a click track. and don't you need to be good at tempo if you're a drummer?

Band is terrible. America just got so insignificantly better.

chris0987
February 3rd 2011

66 Comments


so... meg white finally realized she can't play drums at all

and jack is just gonna go onto one of his other projects? fine with me

Superbus
February 3rd 2011

187 Comments


Jack White is a fucking amazing guitarist :[

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2011

23798 Comments


two things: "a7x should pick up meg white for her unbelievable skillz on the skinz" that would rool

and "i mean, it's interesting that she's recognized as a drummer"

this. her 'beats' are unbelievably predictable and never complex at all. I could forgive her if she had but 3 limbs, like the Def Lepeard guy, but she has all her limbs and everything. I dunno man she just sucks. good thing that Jack White is the man


WhiteNoise
February 3rd 2011

3045 Comments


This is SHIT! I really wanted to see them live.

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Puzzles
February 3rd 2011

3065 Comments


NO WHAT THE FUCK

Ire
February 3rd 2011

41749 Comments


ugh just shut up andcas


and i don't even fucking like meg white

Damrod
Moderator
February 3rd 2011

1093 Comments


Good riddance if you ask me...

>_>



Edwin
February 3rd 2011

1399 Comments


Never really thought too much of this band, but it still sucks I guess.

rapscallions
February 3rd 2011

4 Comments


first band I ever really got into and never got to see them live. Horrible news

seifer
February 3rd 2011

1006 Comments


the only i've ever heard from them is seven nation army so i dont really care

Leviathan8937
February 3rd 2011

264 Comments


that's a shame

MO
February 3rd 2011

18256 Comments


meh, no biggy

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R6Rider
February 3rd 2011

4491 Comments


not that bothered about this

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AztecChieftain
February 3rd 2011

57 Comments


You will never see Meg White's tits on stage (feelsbadman)

omnipanzer
February 3rd 2011

21418 Comments


Was anyone really not expecting this?

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SCREAMorphine
February 3rd 2011

1751 Comments


There was only so much they could do

FelixCulpa
February 3rd 2011

1237 Comments


Aww man this really suck, they were one of my favorite bands, didn't even get a chance to see them live :/

JViney
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2011

322 Comments


Shame. Good group and excellent live.

G3N3R1C
February 3rd 2011

1945 Comments


The Black Keys are my back up, haha,


Yeah tbh, i'd rather listen to them than the White Stripes anyway.

Titan50
February 3rd 2011

4588 Comments


Don't understand the hate

Dogget
February 3rd 2011

781 Comments


I just assumed they were done anyway

TheAlmightyBungler
February 3rd 2011

104 Comments


not like they've done anything relevant since, like, 4 years now. i guess i'll just have to deal with the fucking dead weather for now.

shablaman54
February 3rd 2011

281 Comments


silentpotato...what are you talking about?

i'm a drummer as well, and i'm pretty sure i can keep the PERFECT TEMPO in that god awful song seven nation army that made me feel better about my playing when i sucked

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2011

10258 Comments


amazing that this has 161 replies yet so many people "don't care."

shablaman54
February 3rd 2011

281 Comments


give me some cred man, it's tough going up against a 10000+ comment user

tkxxx7
February 3rd 2011

6152 Comments


but they were from detroit

shablaman54
February 3rd 2011

281 Comments


nah i'd rather not, agree to fervently disagree?

shablaman54
February 3rd 2011

281 Comments


duh. she has boobies. but yea, i know and am disheartened

EverythingEvil2113
February 3rd 2011

1279 Comments


Well this blows

CallMeCrispy
February 3rd 2011

14 Comments


Why is there so much hate towards this great, great, band? They released 6 albums, 6 incredible albums. This is the worst news I've gotten so far this year.

KILL
February 4th 2011

70599 Comments


rip [7]

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Titan50
February 4th 2011

4588 Comments


They're one of the most hip bands I know of...

crowing51
February 4th 2011

3446 Comments


Band was okay nothing that great though.

Swingfinger
February 4th 2011

100 Comments


bummer.... I love their studio stuff. Jack is very creative but his live singing is terrible. They still manage to put a boatload of energy into their shows though which makes them somewhat enjoyable.

dimsim3478
February 8th 2011

4736 Comments


Damn...my day is ruined...

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qwe3
February 8th 2011

21353 Comments


qwe

i need this tape


frostwire it bro



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