Jack White on White Stripes split: ‘I don’t know what Meg is up to’

Guitarist admits he is unsure as to what drummer is up to

Jack White has admitted that he doesn’t know what his former White Stripes bandmate Meg is up to these days.

The frontman and Meg announced that they were no longer a band on February 2.

When quizzed about what Meg was doing in the wake of the split by Pitchfork he replied: “I don’t know. I’ve never known.”


Speaking at the South By Southwest festival, he also revealed why it took so long for the group to announce details of their split, pointing to their 2010 live album and film ‘Under Great White Northern Lights’.

“That box set and movie, that took a lot of time,” he said of the project, which was recorded in 2007. “People don’t really know how much time that stuff takes. More than albums, I mean, albums we make in two weeks, but films and editing and box sets and premieres and all that, that was a long project.”

He added: “We had thousands of hours of footage that we went through. Any time I wasn’t working with The Raconteurs or The Dead Weather that’s what I worked on. So that swallowed up a lot of time. So it kind of seemed like we hadn’t done anything in a couple of years.”

Last week White spoke more about the split announcement as he arrived at the Austin event.


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