March Madness: The Strokes at the Theater at Madison Square Garden

I thought it would only be appropriate to revisit The Strokes‘ previous set of shows at the sister venue to Madison Square Garden — the Theater at MSG.

In 2003, the band did three sold out shows to promote their newly released second album, Room on Fire.

I distinctly remembering complaining about having to watch Regina Spektor, who I was not enamored with at the time (think I called her a Tori Amos wannabe), three nights in a row.

Kings of Leon were the second openers, and although I did like some of their songs, never again did I ever want to see them three nights in a row — especially with their ridiculous Stillwater hair and mustaches.

During this time period Julian had a preference for gas attendant shirts.

The second night was chock-full-o’ celebs: Drew, Liv, Mos Def, David Cross, and Julian jumped into the audience.

By the third night I’d lost my steam, choosing to hang back in the surprisingly roomy back area of the GA pit.

Reasons Why the Kings of Leon Dude Judged Food on “Iron Chef”

Just a few days ago the episode of Iron Chef featuring Kings of Leon front man Caleb Followill as one of the guest judges was finally aired on the Food Network. The segment (which was filmed over a year ago) features Caleb dispensing refined culinary judgment (“it could have used a little bit of salt,” “is it OK if you eat it all?”) about the chef’s preparation of the secret ingredient: veal.

But I gotta say, the combo of a perpetually bearded rock musician with a food competition doesn’t seem the likeliest of pairings, so what could have been the reason why Caleb agreed to be a judge? Some possible answers:

1. Was told the secret ingredient was going to be pigeon.
2. Man cannot live on BBQ and beer alone.
3. Two word: flavor saver.

The Boys Are Back In Town: The Strokes at MSG Theater

Tonight the Strokes debuted a new song they just recorded. We don’t remember a single word from it, but Regina Spektor did backing vocals for it. Somewhere in a straw hut, Damon Albarn is pissing his pants.

Regina Spektor also feels the need to hug every Stroke as she walks onto the stage and off of the stage — like she never sees them… ever.

In the celeb-spotting, the usual suspects: Drew Barrymore, Ben Kweller, Liv Tyler, etc.

Oh yeah, and Stillwater… sorry, “Kings of Leon,” played.