More than three years after their last album, 2007’s Icky Thump, The White Stripes seem to be heading back into the studio. Jack White explained to Vanity Fair that the delay was partially caused by a few projects had to happen first.
“We thought we’d do a lot of things that we’d never done: a full tour of Canada, a documentary, coffee-table book, live album, a boxed set. It was one long project that took almost three years,” White said. “Now that we’ve gotten a lot of that out of our system, Meg and I can get back in the studio and start fresh.”
The box set that White mentioned is a very expensive item that will be available through his own Third Man Records. The White Stripes – 2010 Merchandise Collection will include a record player, headphones and an exclusive 7” Christmas record. Reportedly it will sell for $499 and will be available later in the month.