Jack White and Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs played the 101WKQX Lounge on Sept 15, 2019. Watch it above.
In 2007, one of the most beloved duos in all of rock music, the White Stripes played their final show together at the Snowden Grove amphitheater near the border between Mississippi and Tennessee. The show was memorable for a reason the audience would not understand as it was not known at the time that this would be Meg and Jack White’s last big show together. They would officially announce their break-up in 2011. Third-Man Records issued the 24 song set online through their online archive, nugs.net for $10.
Consequence of Sound reported this week on the surprise release, speaking to Third-Man Records archivist Ben Blackwell who was in attendance for the show. He found out shortly it would be the Stripe’s last stand shortly before they took the stage. “Meg said to me, ‘I think this is the last White Stripes show.’ Confused, I responded ‘Well, yeah, last show of this leg of the tour.’ She replied ‘No… I think this is the last White Stripes show ever,’ and slowly walked away.” says Blackwell.
The White Stripes did perform a few more times sporadically, including this moving 2009 rendition of “W Are Going To Be Friends” on the last episode of Conan O’Brien’s run on ‘Late Nite’.
The story of getting the pair back together for this single song performance was pretty interesting. O’Brien recounted this wild story in this animated video from 2017.