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The White Stripes release 2007 final concert to stream/download

photo by Autumn De Wilde
photo by Autumn De Wilde

Eight years ago, The White Stripes called it quits. Their final show was a ferocious performance at Southaven, MS’ Snowden Grove Amphitheater in July 2007, and over a decade later, a professional audio recording of the concert has been released to download and stream. (The concert got a limited edition vinyl-only release back in 2011 via the Third Man Vault series.) The band’s setlist was a career-spanning journey through some of their most celebrated songs, including the title track from the then-recent Icky Thump, “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground,” “Astro,” “Hotel Yorba,” and tons more, before closing their main set with the blistering fan favorite “Ball and Biscuit.”

The concert’s digital release was accompanied by a heartfelt note from The White Stripes’ official archivist Ben Blackwell (who works at Jack White‘s Third Man Records), who recounted what would become the band’s final show in vivid detail. According to Blackwell, nobody present at the show knew this would be the duo’s last concert, until Meg White seemed to hint that before the band took the stage:

As the crowd thinned, Meg White and I were the last ones left standing there. Apropos of nothing, cups in hand, not even in a conversation at that point, 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.
I was dumbfounded. I had no idea what she was talking about. I had no idea what she meant. I had no idea what to do. I looked around to see if anyone else heard what Meg had said, but I was all alone.
Within minutes, the band was onstage.

You can head here to download the full show, and read Blackwell’s full note here. You can also check out fan-shot video from the concert below.

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