WTF was up with The Strokes playing almost all old songs during their first night of a 3-night stand at the Hammerstein Ballroom here in NYC? They played nearly every song off of their first album, Is This It, but only 7 songs off the new one, First Impressions of Earth. The whole time I was going “Waahhh?!? This is SO WEIRD!”
Oh and how funny was it when the show first started and all those technicolor light screens blazed, totally shocking the audience? I screamed out, “Holy crap! It’s a Coldplay concert!” It was only later when Kiran shouted at me, “is that Chris Martin?!?!” that I realized that Coldplay (or at least Chris, Will Champion, and Jonny Buckland) were actually present at the show. I guess they were just making sure their lighting equipment was being treated well.
And how nuts was it when midway through the set the crowd started losing their sh-t and no less than 5 people decided to start crowd surfing? It was like I had been transported to 2001. THE KIDS LOVE THE STROKES!
It was awesome when Nick (who was dressed in his homeless “Where’s Waldo? outfit” with a ripped up red and white striped tshirt, skinny black pants and scraggly long hair) sat down at the keyboard and played while Julian sang “Ask Me Anything.” I love that line, “Don’t be a coconut.” Brilliant!
The show length was astonishing! They did a total of 23 songs!!!! That’s up there with a show length like the White Stripes or Ryan Adams. Dear lord.
Oh, and since WHEN do the Strokes do encores?!?
PS- I’m sorry to the guy I punched in the face while wildly pumping my fist in the air. Thanks for being ok with it!
You Only Live Once/ The Modern Age/ Hawaii Aloha/ Juicebox/ The End Has No End/ 12:51/ Heart In a Cage/ Razorblade/ Soma/ I Can’t Win/ Life Is a Gas (Ramones cover)/ Alone Together/ Last Night/ Hard to Explain/ Ize of the World/ Trying Your Luck/ Barely Legal/ Ask Me Anything/ Vision of Division/ Reptilia. ENCORE: New York City Cops/ Someday/ Take It Or Leave It