Jack White has lamented the demise of The White Stripes, claiming that it was Meg White’s decision to end the group.
A genuinely seminal band, The White Stripes had an impact which can still be felt. Their contagious, minimalist take on garage rock still hasn’t been swept aside despite more than a decade of guitar music rushing past.
Officially calling time on their career in 2010, Jack White recently insisted that The White Stripes would never reform. Chatting with NME the guitarist said: “I’m not the kind of person that would retire from baseball and come out of retirement the next year. I mean, if we went to all the trouble of telling people we’re done, we meant it, you know?”
Recently, though, Jack White has been in a more charitable, reflective state of mind. Speaking to the New York Times, the guitarist lamented the group’s demise. “I’d make a White Stripes record right now. I’d be in the White Stripes for the rest of my life. That band is the most challenging, important, fulfilling thing ever to happen to me. I wish it was still here. It’s something I really, really miss.”
Continuing, the guitarist insisted that Meg White ultimately prompted the demise of the band. “Some people can live their whole lives in limbo, I’d rather cut the lifeline so we can move on with our lives. There came a point where I said, ‘If we’re not doing this, we need to put an end to it right now.’ And that’s what she wanted to do.”
Expanding on this, Jack White said: “You’d have to ask her… I don’t know what her reasons are. Having a conversation with Meg, you don’t really get any answers. I’m lucky that girl ever got onstage, so I’ll take what I can get.”
Not that this sudden bout of nostalgia has held Jack White back. The guitarist is preparing to release his debut solo album ‘Blunderbuss’ and recently gave LP track ‘Sixteen Saltines’ a dramatic new video.
Watch it below.
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‘Blunderbuss’ will be released on April 23rd.