That Time The White Stripes Played a Single Note on George Street
During their extensive 2007 tour of Canada, Jack and Meg of the defunct legendary rock duo The White Stripes played a series of popup style free shows along the way. The tour was set to end in St. John’s, NL on July 16th, ’07 at the Mile One Stadium, and that afternoon bared their last “secret show” of the year. On the outdoor stage of St. John’s notorious bar district, George Street, the White Stripes appeared for roughly 50 seconds to play a single note, and then take a bow.
“We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada,” Jack White announced before their abrupt exit.
The White Stripes submitted the show to Guinness Book of World Records for the shortest concert of all time. Although it was briefly recognized by the organization in 2009, the Guinness Book —much to the bitter dismay of Mr. White— have since scrapped the record on the grounds of being “too trivial”.
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