White Stripes Slam U.S. Air Force Over Super Bowl Ad, Bring Ballet to Toronto

White Stripes Slam U.S. Air Force Over Super Bowl Ad, Bring Ballet to Toronto
We all know it would be a deadly sin to let too much time go past without some news about Jack White and the White Stripes, so here's the latest. It seems that an ad for the United States Air Force that debuted during the Super Bowl last Sunday (February 7) used a song that sounded extremely similar to a White Stripes song, sans permission.

White is claiming that the Air Force swiped the Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl," while showing a musical montage of extreme sports (you can't make this stuff up). The re-recorded song is an instrumental. Head to Third Man Records to see, front and centre on the main page, clips of the original song and the alleged rip-off.

Here are some parts of the official statement the band have released, also available at the Third Man Records website:

We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management. The White Stripes take strong insult and objection to the Air Force Reserve's presenting this advertisement with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.

The White Stripes support this nation's military, at home and during times when our country needs and depends on them. We simply don't want to be a cog in the wheel of the current conflict, and hope for a safe and speedy return home for our troops.

We have not licensed this song to the Air Force Reserve and we plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music.

In related news, it has been announced that Chroma, a ballet with orchestrated versions of Stripes' songs, will be opening in Toronto in November.

The ballet debuted at London's Royal Opera House back in November 2006, and now it's time for the National Ballet of Canada and choreographer Wayne McGregor to rock that mother.

Jack White has apparently been invited to the Canadian premiere, which takes place on November 24 at Toronto's Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. It runs until November 28.

The White Stripes will also be releasing Under Great White Northern Lights, a box set documenting their 2007 Canadian tour where they played at least one show in every province (including the territories), on March 16.