Video: Meg White Breaks Down While Jack Sings “White Moon”

One of the best and retrospectively important scenes in the White Stripes’ tour film Under Great White Northern Lights is when Meg White cracks under the pressure of the duo’s whirlwind Canadian tour — a jaunt that found the pair visiting every province in the country before later U.S. dates were canceled due to Meg’s anxiety.

Not only does this scene show the former married couple in the final moment of what would become the end of their touring relationship, but it’s arguably the most raw and vulnerable state fans had seen either Jack (who stops to console her) or Meg (who finally cries after trying to hold back tears throughout the performance) before. Though the pair reunited for a performance on Conan O’Brien’s final episode of Late Night and didn’t formally split until much later, I like to imagine this scene as the appropriate, bittersweet conclusion to one of the most compelling rock collaborations of the past decade.

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