THIS was THE quintessential Strokes concert!
Okay, so this big band called The Strokes played this small venue (The Capitol Theatre) outside of NYC. This is ideal since I don't want to see them in a festival setting at Governor's Ball. It's been 3 years since they've played a show in New York. I've seen them 6 or 7 times before dating all the way back to their debut album. I thought I knew what to expect going into this show but all expectations were far surpassed. I'm still in disbelief at how amazing this concert was. Say what you will of their recorded output, but The Strokes have a lot of great songs, especially live. So since they're not promoting a new album, they've really put thought into it and just played a quintessential "hits" set for the first time ever. It sounds cheesy to say a "greatest hits" set but it's refreshing to hear a set not watered down by questionable newer material. And they've never done it like this before. They did play 3 songs live for the first time from their 'Comedown Machine' album: "Welcome to Japan," "One Way Trigger" and "Happy Endings." This was a non-stop dance party! The band sounded better than ever, Julian's voice was on point and he was also in a very jovial mood. I'm a more reinvigorated Strokes fan now more than ever before because of this show. I did not see that coming. I've got to catch them again soon! Let's hope the keep the energy and focus up, 'cuz they still got it! Notes on pics: the one with Albert Hammond Jr. arching back is by my friend Cristina Miranda and the internet has decided it was the best photo from the show last night and people have been stealing it left and right. But we can see why, right? ///the set list doesn't have "NYC Cops" but they played it as the encore. And "Mama Loves Her Baby Blues" = "Happy Endings"