February 2nd, 2011
05:55 PM ET
It's the end of the road for Grammy-winning group The White Stripes.
In an announcement on their website Wednesday, the group explained that they've "officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live."
The statement says that the dissolution is for a "myriad of reasons," none of which are health-related, due to artistic differences or because the band simply didn't want to soldier on. Instead, the statement says, they're ending things "mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
So after 13 years, Meg and Jack White are thanking their fans and looking toward the future.
"Both Meg and Jack hope this decision isn’t met with sorrow by their fans but that it is seen as a positive move done out of respect for the art and music that the band has created," the statement said. "It is also done with the utmost respect to those fans who’ve shared in those creations, with their feelings considered greatly."
Keeping that in mind, the statement continued:
"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.”
According to the statement, unreleased live and studio recordings of the White Stripes will still be distributed by Third Man Records.
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