White Stripes Break Up After Exactly Two Houston Shows
Ed. Note: Rumors are floating around about a third Stripes show here, before the Rudz date. If anyone can confirm this, please let us know.
About an hour ago, Rocks Off got the news over Twitter that the White Stripes, easily the biggest indie-duo of the past decade, had decided to part after 14 years of existence. The news was met with a collective shudder from fans and novices alike, most who had never seen the Whites live before.
White Stripes at Rudyard's, Sept. 14, 2001
In a sweetly forlorn letter on the band's official site, Jack and Meg White said goodbye to their fans, letting everyone know that it was not a terse or angry decision. The way the duo sees it, it was to preserve what they had made those first few years.
But you cannot discount Jack White's increasing rep as an veritable music machine in any of this. He's a producer and an impresario now with his Nashville-based Third Man label, most recently producing Wanda Jackson's "comeback" album.
He's been busy with his own bands like the Dead Weather and the Raconteurs, who are each like Technicolor explosions compared to the bare bones of the Stripes. There was a naivete in the Stripes not heard in the other two bands.
Rocks Off a sort of emotional connection to the Stripes that we can't let go of. They soundtracked some of the coolest moments in our life, and we had the best times with some of the best people we will ever know while in the band's presence, on record and live.
Breakup announcement posted on White Stripes' Web site today (click to enlarge)
We can say we saw the Stripes only once, and that was at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans in 2003 over Halloween weekend, on a bill that weekend that included the Stooges, The Stripes, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Marilyn Manson. We sat next to our Meg White lookalike girlfriend the whole time, right next to the front gate and had our eardrums destroyed for an hour and a half.
Two of the coolest things about that show was the slowed-down version of "Fell In Love With a Girl", that wasn't at all like the radio hit that put them on the national map, and the cover of Screaming Lord Sutch's "Jack The Ripper." Also, we had a huge crush on Meg White, so our photos from that show tend to feature a lot of side action shots. There are a few choice Jack pics too.