Photos by G.
On March 24, 2010, The Strokes lead singer Julian Casablancas played at the legendary Irving Plaza aka the Fillmore East as part of New York radio Station 101.9 WRXP’s 2nd birthday celebration. Legend has it that Julian was recently in a taxi cab and the driver had 101.9 on the radio dial and Casablancas was really impressed that they played four good songs in a row, so he decided he wanted to headline the celebration. As the show was 16 and over (yuck!), there were lots and lots of screaming girls and of course as is expected at “amateur concert-goer night,” a bit of crowd surfing, pushing, body slamming and moshing took place as well. Still, as Julian Casablancas hit the stage playing songs from his debut cd “Phrazes for the Young,” whose title was inspired by an Oscar Wilde book, the crowd pretty much flipped out in ecstasy for the entire 90 minute set. He also did some Strokes “covers” as well as B-sides. In Strokes news, the band is recording currently without him to work out some musical arrangements and Casablancas will soon join them again to add his signature sound to the tracks. His banter in between songs ranged from awkward (as he often had no idea what to say in between songs) to hilarious (once he figured out what to say, he was on fire). At one point he told the crowd how many times and how many bands he’d seen at the venue and then he followed that up with “where are we again?” Regardless, he rocked the crowd and turned me into a fan.
See more pictures of Julian Casablancas as well as a really odd picture of the set list after these commercial messages….
Yes, I know it’s not a very good picture. There was a barrier between the stage and the front row. But don’t you worry, I was in the front row. 🙂
To decipher the above picture for you, the set list for Julian Casablancas at the Fillmore East (aka Irving Plaza) on March 24, 2010 in New York City was:
Ludlow St / River of Breaklights / Left and Right in the Dark / New One / 11th Dimension / I’ll Try Anything Once (Strokes Cover) / 30 Minute Boyfriend / H2E / Glass / Out of the Blue. Encore: Tourist / I wish it was Christmas Today / 4 Chords of the Apocalypse.