Jack's Finger Sidelines White Stripes

07/16/2003 AT 01:00 PM EDT

White Stripes frontman-guitarist Jack White suffered a hand injury in a car accident last week in Detroit, forcing the white-hot garage band to cancel all North American concerts through Aug. 10, the Associated Press reports.

Jack White -- who's also made headlines recently for his burgeoning romance with Renee Zellweger -- suffered a compound fracture to his left index finger in the July 9 accident, V2 Records said Tuesday.

The injury effectively sidelines the blues-rock duo -- which also includes drummer Meg White -- who had scheduled gigs in Providence, R.I., on Saturday, followed by shows in Boston; New York; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Nashville; Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; Cincinnati; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Toronto; Montreal; Milwaukee; and their hometown of Detroit.

"Every effort is being made to reschedule these shows as soon as possible," V2 Records said in a statement.

Following the accident, Jack White posted a message on the band's Web site, saying, "I broke my finger, three breaks, car wreck ... typing with one finger. ... Apologies to those wishing to see my hand live, soon enough I'm sure. ... Jack White."

This isn't the first time the music has been sidelined by injury -- Meg White broke her wrist after taking a spill during the winter. The duo is touring in support of their latest album, their fourth, "Elephant," which has been a hit for the color-coordinated pair, who claim to be brother and sister. (They were actually once husband and wife, divorced in March 2000.)

Questions about that relationship, however, have taken a backseat to those about Jack White and Zellweger -- who first met on the set of the Civil War-era epic "Cold Mountain" and have been spotted together recently.

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