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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 September 2007, 12:37 GMT 13:37 UK
The White Stripes cancel UK tour
Meg White of the White Stripes
The band's hits include Seven Nation Army and My Doorbell
Rock band The White Stripes have called off their UK tour, just days after they shelved a string of US dates.

The band announced on Tuesday that drummer Meg White was suffering from acute anxiety, leaving her unable to travel between concert venues.

The duo, whose hits include Icky Thump, apologised to fans, saying: "We hate to let people down and are very sorry."

Their eight-date arena tour was due to kick off in Glasgow on 24 October, and wrap up at London's O2 on 2 November.

It was to have been the group's largest UK tour yet, following the success of their number one album - also called Icky Thump - earlier this year.

Fans with tickets have been advised to obtain refunds from the point of purchase.

The group, from Detroit, Michigan, scored their first UK number one album with Elephant in 2003, which also spawned their first UK top 10 hit Seven Nation Army.

The duo have yet to have a number one album in the US.

Lead singer Jack White is currently recording a second album with his side project, The Raconteurs.

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