Stripes’ Jack White Injures Finger In Car Accident

Band pulls out of European festivals; status of North American dates unclear.

White Stripes singer/guitarist Jack White was injured in a car crash in his native Detroit on Wednesday afternoon, suffering a compound fracture to his left index finger.

The injury, which prevents White from playing guitar, has forced the band to pull out of headlining slots on two major European festivals — Saturday’s T in the Park in Scotland and Sunday’s Witnness Festival in Ireland — according to a V2 Records spokesperson.

The duo are scheduled to kick off a 26-date North American tour on July 19 in Providence, Rhode Island. Those dates are set to run through September 25, after which the band is slated to tour Japan. The spokesperson said it is not yet known whether the injury will affect those shows.

The news is especially hard on a band that relies on just drums and guitar, and it comes just four months after drummer Meg White fractured her left wrist in a fall just before the group was to play some promotional gigs in support of its fourth LP, Elephant.

The accident, in which White’s car was struck by another vehicle, shouldn’t stop the punk blues duo from going on their next adventure, however. Jack — who recently shot a cameo for the upcoming film adaptation of the Civil War novel “Cold Mountain” — and Meg will join the cast of indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming “Coffee and Cigarettes.” The duo will play themselves in one of the vignettes in the film, which is also slated to feature Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and actor Steve Buscemi.

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