March Madness: Fabrizio Moretti @ The Vanderbilt

Another photo from the Strokes November 29, 2001 show at the Vanderbilt on Long Island.

This one is of Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti. I feel like this photo is classic Fab, with his style signature of a Coca-Cola tee in full force. Lovely!

Fabrizio Moretti
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March Madness: Nick Valensi @ The Vanderbilt

On November 29, 2001 The Strokes played a headlining show at a now defunct music venue on Long Island called The Vanderbilt. The openers were The Moldy Peaches and The Realistics and tickets were a whopping $16.50.

According to a diary entry I wrote at the time, the crowd was very young due to the fact that it was an all-ages venue. I remember the crowd was pretty intense, with huge dudes pushing tiny little girls in the front into the barricades. I also distinctly remember feeling a sharp pain around my buttocks during the show, and only later that night did I realize the vicious girl that was standing behind me had actually stabbed me with a broken drumstick that she caught during The Realistics’ set.

During the show things got even more rowdy and Julian Casablancas had to tell the crowd to “stop the fighting” and Fab Moretti stage dove into the audience… twice.

I was at the show with a couple friends, one of which was this crazy French girl I became friends with via the Internet. After the show she decided we were all going to sneak backstage, which we did with moderate ease, and while back there we managed to snag some shots with some of the band members.

Here’s a photo that was taken of guitarist Nick Valensi that night. He looks so young in this photo… and all sorts of confused.

Nick Valensi
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March Madness: Guided By Voices and The Strokes @ The Apollo

In 2001, The Strokes offered fans a way to ring in the new year with them with a special pair of shows co-headlined with Guided By Voices at the world-famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.

I remember going to the Dec 30th show and totally freaking out over Ryan Adams being there with Meg White. That’s right – The Strokes, Ryan Adams, and Meg White all in the same room. It’s a miracle my brain didn’t explode right then and there.

March Madness: The Strokes @ Hammerstein Ballroom

I took this photo on October 31, 2001 at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The Papaya Kings (featuring JP Bowersock) and a costumed Moldy Peaches opened up for this Halloween show.

The tickets were $20, and Julian Casablancas was sporting a military jacket and a Joe Camel t-shirt. He also had eyes made of laser beams.


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March Madness: The Shitty Beatles Perform at Mercury Lounge

The Strokes March Madness continues with this great concert listing from January 2002. Scan the list of names of the bands playing the Mercury Lounge and does one stick out? Who were The Shitty Beatles? On January 18, 2002 they were Julian Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr., Nick Valensi, Fabrizio Moretti, and Nikolai Fraiture.

That’s right, the fab five played under the pseudonym at a “secret” gig at the Mercury Lounge.

Here’s a little trivia for y’all — “The Shitty Beatles” is a fake band mentioned by Meatloaf‘s character Tiny in the 1992 movie of Wayne’s World.

Let March Madness Begin: 31 Days of Reminicing about the Strokes

Ladies and gentlemen, for the next 31 days I’ll be posting something from my Strokes archives to honor the band’s return to the New York City stage on April 1, 2011 at Madison Square Garden.

Join me on this walk down memory lane…

Here’s a keeper from the New York Post, June 29, 2003. In an article explaining why Friendster.com is so cool, it name-checks Albert Hammond Jr. as a member of the social network (sadly with only six friends).