The White Stripes mainman says he survived the "year of rock 'n' roll death" because the accident happened on his 28th birthday...

White Stripes frontman JACK WHITE has spoken for the first time about the car crash that forced the cancellation of their headline slots at T IN THE PARK and WITNNESS.

The star suffered a fracture in his left hand in the accident last Wednesday (July 9), making it impossible to play guitar. White’s Hollywood star girlfriend Renee Zellweger was in the car with him at the time of the crash, though she was not injured.

White was driving in Detroit around 1pm when another car drove into him. There are no other details of the smash available at present.

Writing to fans on the band’s official website, [url=]whitestripes.com, Jack claimed he “got off with a warning”. Because the crash took place on his 28th birthday he survived the “year of rock n’ roll death”, 27. At that age, stars including Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison all passed away.

He wrote: “Hello candy cane children. I broke my finger, three breaks, car wreck, horrible left turn in front of me, no chance of escape, air bag, the air near my fingers, devil in my left hand, doctors say no way, lot’s of pain, typing with one finger, made it through year of rock n’ roll death, got off with just a warning.

“Apologies to those wishing to see my hand live, soon enough I’m sure, now me and Meg can share war stories, I love when we share, like once there was a monkey, and we shared the experience as children do.”

In addition to their UK shows, most of their North American tour has also been postponed while he recovers. A statement issued about those shows reads: “The Flaming Lips deeply value the relationship they have with their fans and regret any inconvenience caused by these current events and are thankful for their patience and understanding.”

For a full report on Jack’s crash, and how [a][/a] saved the day at T In The Park, see this week’s NME, which is out now.