According to a new Music Radar interview with Jack White, it looks as though the White Stripes will soon be back together, releasing an album sometime in the near future–possibly next year.
White told Music Radar’s Joe Bosso that the Stripes had begun working on some new tunes even prior to their February 20th performance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, “We had recorded a couple of songs at the new studio,” said White. When asked when fans could expect the duo to return back to recording White responded, “I talked to [Meg] about coming by when I was done in the summer rehearsing with The Dead Weather – I won’t be done in the summer touring with them, but after the summer jaunt.”
On the abrupt cancellation of their 2007 tour to promote Icky Thump, White said that the “whirlwind” rate of their tour schedule was a significant factor in the development of Meg White’s acute anxiety disorder–which ultimately halted their concert schedule.
While Jack was fresh off The Raconteur’s tour, Meg was essentially going from zero to 100 miles an hour: “We were playing two shows a day in Canada, then we’d fly to France and do a TV show there, then we were back in England on tour, and we were just killin’ it, man,” explained Jack. “The train was out of control…We just needed to stop for a while.”
By Jack’s account, Meg is no longer plagued by the disorder which sidelined her nearly a year and a half ago. “It a very real problem,” said White, “but… I’m happy to say is in the past.” In fact Meg will soon be celebrating a new life–she is getting married to fellow Detroit rocker Jackson Smith later this month in Nashville, TN.
Thanks to W for the head’s.