It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since The White Stripes last toured on the account of drummer Meg White’s “acute anxiety.” But apparently she wasn’t alone.
During an extremely candid interview with MSN, Jack White has revealed he too had some battles with anxiety about his previous band. According to the mysterious singer, the pressure also led to his other band the Dead Weather’s cover of Van Morrison’s 1965 song “You Just Can’t Win,” which was a subtle, yet interesting way to handle the situation.
“The judgment that’s thrown on you is just unbearable,” White says. “I went through that a few years ago … I just kind of sat in a corner, pondering, and letting it torture me. It’s no fun when you have no alternatives. That can really seriously make you wonder if you even want to be alive, because when you feel that feeling of you just can’t win… I don’t know.”
Once he realized he wouldn’t change anything he’d done, White became at ease and his anxiety subsided.
“I started to think, ‘You know, I’ve never regretted any music I put out.’ When I came to that realization, it was just like, ‘I’m fine. As long as I’m not unhappy with myself.'”