Jack White says he will never reform The White Stripes - unless he hits bankruptcy.
Despite a run of popular reunions in recent months, such as Black Sabbath, Van Halen and At The Drive-In, he says it would be "a really sad thing" if The White Stripes joined them in reforming.
Asked by the NME if his former duo would ever reform, he said, "Absolutely no chance. I couldn't see any reason to ever do that. I'm not the kind of person that would retire from baseball and come out of retirement the next year. I mean, if we went to all the trouble of telling people we're done, we meant it you know?"
He continued: "If we were forced to change our mind about that, I can only imagine the reason being if we went bankrupt or really needed the cash, which would be a really sad thing. I would probably be issuing an apology along with the announcement of the show dates.
Since The White Stripes' demise, the songwriter has been preparing a debut solo record, "Blunderbuss". But as every rock fan knows, there's probably a thin line between Jack White's solo music and The White Stripes, which relied almost entirely on Jack's songwriting.
Because of the lack of distinction between his solo work and his old band, Jack said he made it clear with his former drummer Meg White that their band had to be officially over.
"I wanted Meg to come to a decision with me and officially put an end to it," Jack said. "I said eventually - I had no plans at the time - but eventually I'm going to record by myself under my name, and I don't really feel like going through the dumb perception battle of people who couldn't be broad minded enough to understand the difference between Jack White and The White Stripes."
His album "Blunderbuss" will be released on his Third Man Records imprint on April 23, and will soon announce plans to tour the US.