Detroit rock duo the White Stripes announced today that they've split up for good.
The duo of Jack White and drummer and ex-wife Meg White has been on hiatus since 2007's "Icky Thump" album, so you'd be forgiven for thinking they'd already called it quits.
"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," said a statement posted on the band's website. They go on to say there are "a myriad of reasons" for the split, specifying only that "the reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg an Jack are feeling fine and in good health." They simply want to "preserve what is beautiful and special about the band," the statement says.
Jack White has spent his energies in recent years on other projects, from two new bands (the Dead Weather and the Raconteurs) to producing other artists (such as the new CD from rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson).
So do we want to start a pool for guessing when the reunion tour will be announced?