A multitude of news sources are reporting this week that the White Stripes are set to split in 2006 — but is it accurate?
Jack White, half of the duo, announced earlier this year that he was forming a new band with longtime friend Brendan Benson, but in a recent Rolling Stone interview, Jack stated that the White Stripes were not at risk. Unfortunately, that segment of the interview is not excerpted on the website.
However, news sources are blaring headlines this week that the White Stripes are set to split next year, though the text of the stories tell a different tale — that of a break from the current band, who are currently touring in Europe in support of their latest release, Get Behind Me Satan. A break does not a break-up make, so what's the real story?
The new band, christened The Raconteurs, consists of White, Benson, and Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler of the Greenhornes, who have been touring with the White Stripes.
So the question remains — are these the end times for the White Stripes? There is no answer for that right now, but as a WS fan, I choose to take it on faith that they'll keep playing as long as they've got something to say, and to hell with headlines of doom.
The LegendaryMonkey is also Alisha Karabinus, a writer and blogger in Little Rock, Arkansas. Find out more at Sudden Nothing.