Jack and Meg White have been cagey about when fans will finally get their hands on the seventh White Stripes album, but they’re offering up a special release in the interim: a limited edition box set, built around the band’s Canadian tour documentary The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights. As Rolling Stone previously reported, the trek featured gigs in unlikely locales like a Winnipeg transit bus and a Prince Edward Island fishing boat. The movie debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The set will boast an extensive collection of DVDs, the band’s first-ever live album on CD, along with a 180-gram vinyl version of the live disc, a 208-page book with a foreword by filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, and other assorted goodies, like a silk screen print. The box will also contain a live 7-inch with “Icky Thump” and “The Wheels on the Bus.”All of this will come at a hefty price for Stripes fans: A whopping $179, so long as you pick it up before the start of 2010. After that, it’ll cost you $229.
Rolling Stone caught up with Jack White last month in New York, when he told us the Dead Weather were hitting the studio to work on the follow-up to their debut, Horehound. “We can’t tell you that much about it except that it’s gonna be really expansive, and I use that word loosely in a scientific sense, meaning that I’m just using it to distract you,” he said. Last May, he said the next Stripes disc “won’t be too far off.”
Rolling Stone named White one of eight key Artists of the Decade in our new issue, on stands now. Check out photos of the multitasking rocker’s many guises here.