13 Rock Stars Who DisappearedFrom David Bowie to D'arcy Wretzky, a guide to musicians who have left the spotlight behind
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White Stripes drummer Meg White was always content to stay in the background and let her ex-husband Jack White speak for the band. Things started to get weird on the group's 2007 tour, when they cancelled a string of dates due to Meg's acute anxiety. Jack spent the next two and a half years focusing on his side projects while the Stripes went silent; their last public performance was in February 2009, when the duo reunited to play "We're Going To Be Friends" on the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. In February 2011, the group formally announced their split.
Barrett Scale: 6. Meg's disappearance has been pretty absolute over the past few years. Her husband, Jackson Smith (Patti's son), is a well-known guitarist who is always out and about. But where's Meg? Jack White, meanwhile, has played lots of White Stripes classics at his solo gigs this year. Most bands eventually reunite, but this may be an exception.