The Strokes Tack On More January Dates
New York-based rock act the Strokes have tacked 10 North American dates onto a previously announced round of international performances in support of its RCA debut, "Is This It." The new shows begin JNew York-based rock act the Strokes have tacked 10 North American dates onto a previously announced round of international performances in support of its RCA debut, "Is This It." The new shows begin Jan. 21 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and wrap Feb. 7 in Honolulu. A four-date Japanese visit begins Feb. 12, followed by 25 European dates through April 2.
Earlier this week, the group returned to New York for two shows supporting Guided By Voices at Harlem's famed Apollo Theatre. On Sunday (Dec. 30), in front of a sold-out crowd that included hotly tipped singer/songwriter Ryan Adams and actress Natasha Lyonne, the Strokes played "Is This It" in its entirety, as well as two new songs.
At one point, frontman Julian Casablancas fell face first into the crowd in front of the stage during "Barely Legal" and had to be helped back up by security. To those in the audience, it was unclear whether this was a display of pure showmanship or inebriation. One song later during "Someday," he tripped over a stage monitor. When the group came out to join Guided By Voices for a finale of the latter's "My Valuable Hunting Knife," Casablancas missed his cue to begin singing and wound up walking off the stage before the song was completed.
The teaming went off more smoothly the next night, as both bands played the Strokes' "The Modern Age" to ring in the new year. A host of audience members jumped onstage afterward but were quickly ushered back to their seats.
"Is This It" jumps 135-119 on The Billboard 200 this week and has sold 221,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. The single "Last Nite" is No. 12 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
For a full itinerary, visit the band's official Web site.
Here are the Strokes' new North American dates:
Jan. 21: Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (House of Blues)
Jan. 22: Miami (Billboard Live)
Jan. 23: Jackson, Miss. (Hal & Mal's)
Jan. 24: Houston (Aerial Theatre)
Jan. 26: Mexico City (Salon 21)
Jan. 28: Phoenix (Web Theatre)
Jan. 29: Albuquerque, N.M. (Sunshine Theatre)
Jan. 30: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Feb. 3: San Diego (4th & B)
Feb. 7: Honolulu (World Cafe)