So maybe I had the foresight to not attend this event, or maybe I’m just getting old and tired, but I didn’t make it to the Joey Ramone Birthday Benefit last night at Irving Plaza. But my friend Bao did attend, and here’s what he had to say:
Finally after 3 hours of standing, the Strokes come on. The crowd cheers louder than any other time at the concert. They start out with “Life’s A Gas”. No surprise there. They then follow that by playing another Ramones cover which I think was “Pet Cemetery” but don’t quote me on that.
By then I was just pumped to hear some Strokes songs. At the end of their second song, Julian screams out “Good Night!”. The crowd at this point is stunned. People turn to strangers around them and say what the fuck. I was still in shock. Maybe they are really pushing this new encore policy so some people hopelessly chant “Strokes! Strokes!” but to no avail. It was over. About 1/4 of the crowd leaves in disbelief. I decide to wait it out hoping by the grace of God they come on again. Nope. The night is over.
UPDATE: According to a reply from the Strokes’ management to a fan, the band did not receive any compensation for playing the gig, and the promoters only asked them to do one song…so doing two songs was actually a bonus.
Here’s a picture Bao snapped. Check out his Flickr for more.