May 20, 2004

The Strokes at Central Park Summerstage

POST #    1049

Last night, The Strokes played Central Park Summerstage. Let's just say the show was awesome. The Strokes played for about 72 minutes, which covered almost all their material. Assuming an average song length of 4 minutes, and that's being generous, they probably played about 18 songs. I wasn't counting or anything, so I'm not certain on that number. There was plenty of talking between songs, taking up even more time. Nevertheless, I thought the show was awesome.

New York was the last stop their tour (they play four more "festival" shows in the U.K.), which stopped around the country. Two stops before NYC, they stopped in Boston, which Julian Casablancas recounted for the hometown crowd. During the show, he said to the Red Sox fans, "go to your laundry, pull out those red socks and shove 'em." Despite my disdain for the Yankees, I thought that was pretty funny. Several times during the concert, Casablancas said that it was nice to be home and he mentioned some of the memories he had of growing up here.

Some thoughts from the night:

- I saw 2 too many Von Dutch hats.
- I saw 1 too many "Jesus is my homeboy" hats.
- The Strokes don't need two opening bands, no matter who the bands are and how short they play.
- There were too many teens.
- KROCK had a special seating section, it was Clear Channel's venue and concert, and there were lots of fucks uttered throughout the concert.
- The headline, "Strokes Julian Casablancas and Albert Hammond Jr. dead from lung cancer" in 30 years would not be a surprise.

So are The Strokes a New York City success story? I'm going to say, "yes", but like them or not, they can certainly argue that they are.

Sorry the pictures are so grainy, but I took them at a higher ISO setting.

- Ghettolicious clip of 12:51 by The Strokes at Summerstage

Posted by tien mao in Concerts/Music at 7:39 AM



ooh, you got a good night for a concert. it turned out to be beautiful after 6pm.

Posted by: corie at May 20, 2004 8:45 AM

yeah, we really lucked out. it didn't look so good earlier in the day.

Posted by: tien at May 20, 2004 10:26 AM

i believe the correct phrase was "and shove 'em up your ass" a new yorker who used to live in boston, i am impressed they weren't jumped after the show.

Posted by: dahl at May 20, 2004 10:32 AM

i think the "up your ass" part was drowned out where i was. oh well. plus, this is a family friendly site! hahaha.

Posted by: tien at May 20, 2004 10:35 AM

I seriously doubt he was drunk enough or brave enough for that one. It's easy to brag to the NY crowd about it, but let's find someone who was at the Boston show to confirm it. I think he is full of shit. And I'm a fan...

Posted by: saltydog at May 20, 2004 3:40 PM

salty, that's a good point. i did a quick search and didn't find anything. they did say that people could go look it up though.

Posted by: tien at May 20, 2004 4:20 PM

People at the Boston show have told stories about the Red Sox thing. He did say it.

Posted by: moo at May 20, 2004 5:49 PM

the show literally blew my mind. not just because i was sitting next to mos def and in front of danny masterson.

Posted by: ... at May 20, 2004 7:41 PM

By the way, who opened? When I saw them around Halloween they also had two openers. The first was Regina Spektor, who we missed, and the second was Kings of Leon, who are fantastic.

Posted by: saltydog at May 20, 2004 9:14 PM

well, the first band was sean lennon's band. not sure who the second band was though. i'm sure there is a fan out there that remembers.

i last saw mos def at the white stripes concert.

Posted by: tien at May 21, 2004 7:39 AM

the second guy was adam green, who i was thinking was the guy from the blues clues who i liked but then remembered that was steve burns. i thought he was ok at first, but got on my nerves after a while...

Posted by: dahl at May 21, 2004 10:48 AM

Those openers do sound pretty weak....

Posted by: saltydog at May 21, 2004 2:37 PM

summerstage kicked ass!! i got a pro audio cd copy... i'm uploading it right now email me ill give you my link send me pics and videos too!

Posted by: ej at May 21, 2004 8:20 PM

the show was great, maybe a bit bubble gummy at times but it was worth it cuz' i got the tickets for free. does anybody know where they ususally hang out in the city? did anybody run into them at a bar after the show?

Posted by: Sonam Ukyab at May 22, 2004 9:59 AM

does anyone have the setlist to share
i was trying to recall it but i can't remember much of what was played for some ungodily reason

i miss fab's fro

Posted by: melissa at May 22, 2004 4:07 PM

damn, i was so close to being right. 75 minutes, 18 songs. details and setlist from nme.

for those lazy people, here it is.
‘I Can’t Win’
‘The End Has No End’
‘Automatic Stop’
‘New York City Cops’
‘What Ever Happened?’
‘Trying Your Luck’
‘The Way It Is’
‘Under Control’
‘Alone, Together’
‘A Salty Salute’
‘Hard to Explain’
‘The Modern Age’
‘Is This It’
‘Take it or Leave It’

Posted by: tien at May 22, 2004 8:50 PM

They put on a great show...
If anyone is interested in pictures, e-mail me...

Posted by: Jules at May 24, 2004 9:37 PM

On a different note, if you want to catch another great rock band in NY, go see Mr North at the Bowery Ballroom on July, 10th. Check out Lifesize, their debut album, on iTunes, it's awesome!

Posted by: Michele at June 1, 2004 1:21 PM

Saw them from Central Park and they kicked arse!

Posted by: markyboy from ireland at June 3, 2004 6:52 PM

for all who were at the show,,,how was sean lennon's set? it is so exciting to see him return to the stage after all these years/// does anyone have a recording of his set?

love is all you need.

Posted by: danny fluck at June 11, 2004 9:34 PM

Yeah i pretty great concert my friend max was there and i didnt even know it but if anyone knows this guy from from hardcoremoney give me his email

Posted by: sam at October 20, 2004 10:18 PM

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