Jack White Admits Having Concerns About His Solo Career Due To The White Stripes

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The lead vocalist of The White Stripes, Jack White, revealed during a recent interview with Relix that he had concerns about focusing on his solo career while the band still existed.

Jack White was a part of the duo rock band The White Stripes between 1997 to 2011 as the lead vocalist and guitarist. He gained worldwide recognition with the 2001 album ‘White Blood Cells,’ where he worked with his then-wife Meg White. The hit single ‘Fell in Love with a Girl‘ gave them an early commercial achievement and critical success.

The duo’s fame escalated with albums like ‘Elephant’ and ‘Icky Thump,’ which received positive reviews and high places on the charts. The band had such a massive reputation that Jack White gained many opportunities to work with other significant musicians.

White collaborated with Alicia Keys for the theme song ‘Another Way to Die’ for the James Bond movie ‘Quantum of Solace.’ He also appeared in the documentary film ‘It Might Get Loud,’ which presented the musical lives of him, Jimmy Page, and the Edge. The rocker also worked with the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, and Bob Dylan.

Although he participated in a few successful collaborations, he focused more on his solo album works after the group’s disbandment in 2011. As he recently explained, White stayed away from going solo in the past due to some concerns he had for the group.

He mentioned that as long as The White Stripes continued as a band, focusing on his solo career would’ve caused people to react. The vocalist indicated that he did not want this to affect the duo’s music career. According to the rocker, the fact that they were a two-person group significantly impacted this situation.

White expressed his concerns during the band’s existence:

“There was a little worry in my brain about making a solo record while The White Stripes were still an existing band. And so The White Stripes not being an active project anymore, and us announcing that to everybody, was the only way I could go over and make solo records at that point. Because I was concerned that people would say, ‘Well, why are you bothering with this? Why don’t you make a White Stripes record? Why are you insisting on making a split in two different directions?’

I write the songs in The White Stripes anyway. I didn’t want people to degrade The White Stripes or degrade the idea of me making my record under my name because of that. It seems trickier when you’re a two-piece band instead of a four-piece band. People look at it differently. Maybe those worries were all unfounded, but that’s the way it worked out anyway.”

After The White Stripes split, White released his first solo album, ‘Blunderbuss’ in 2012. In October 2021, ‘Taking Me Back,’ which appeared in the game ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard,’ was released from the album ‘Fear of the Dawn.’ The musician hit the road for ‘Supply Chain Issues Tour’ to promote the album in April 2022, which contained North America and Europe.