Black day for rock as The White Stripes split
ROCK duo The White Stripes have broken up.
The groundbreaking band, which helped revive and reshape a stale rock scene with their scorching, guitar-fuelled, blues-tinged songs, announced they were splitting after more than a decade and six albums together.
Jack and Meg White (who presented themselves as brother and sister but were actually ex-husband and wife) said no "behind-the-music" troubles doomed the band.
"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," a statement announced.
"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."
The Grammy-winning, platinum-selling band started off in Detroit in 1997.
Seen mainly as the brainchild of frontman Jack White (Meg was the drummer), their break-through came at the start of the new millennium with the albums White Blood Cells and 2003's Elephant, with the now-classic song Seven Nation Army.
But over the years, Jack White has focused attention on other projects, including bands the Dead Weather and the Raconteurs. He's also acted as producer.
The duo urged fans not to be upset at the band's sudden demise.
"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," they said.