September 13, 2007 / 1:37 AM / 12 years ago

White Stripes cancel U.S. tour

Musicians Jack White and Meg White of "The White Stripes" pose as they arrive at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, February 8, 2004. Award-winning American rock duo The White Stripes has cancelled a U.S. tour due to start this week, citing drummer Meg White's "health issues". REUTERS/Fred Prouser

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Award-winning American rock duo The White Stripes has cancelled a U.S. tour due to start this week, citing drummer Meg White’s “health issues”.

“Meg White is suffering from acute anxiety and is unable to travel at this time,” the duo said in a posting on their Web site. “We hate to let people down and are very sorry.”

Meg White and guitarist Jack White had lined up a tour to promote their latest album “Icky Thump,” their sixth studio release.

The two band members that founded The White Stripes in Detroit about 10 years ago had long claimed to be brother and sister, but the Detroit Free Press reported in 2001 that they were once married and divorced in March 2000.

Jack White is now married to model Karen Elson, with whom he had a son, Henry, last month.

The tour was due to kick off in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on September 13 and wrap in Honolulu on October 10 before moving to Britain.

The posting on the Web site said ticket holders could get refunds at the point of purchase.

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