Jack and Meg White have dropped the curtain on The White Stripes. The band released a statement today expressing their wish that fans do not despair over the news, and that their reasons for quitting the band are “out of respect for the art and music” that they have created, Pitchfork reports.
The statement also notes that “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. 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.”
Jack White will of course continue on at his label, Third Man Records, releasing obscure limited editions, hair records, triple deckers and playing with monkey band jukeboxes.
Jack and Meg also left a personal message on their website (which is unavailable at the time of this writing), “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.”
Somewhere, Conan O’ Brien is sobbing.