Strokes Head Back Out On The Road
Rising New York rock act the Strokes have lined up a two-week swing of U.S. dates in support of their RCA debut, "Is This It." The new shows begin Nov. 14 in Philadelphia and wrap Nov. 28 in Norfolk,Rising New York rock act the Strokes have lined up a two-week swing of U.S. dates in support of their RCA debut, "Is This It." The new shows begin Nov. 14 in Philadelphia and wrap Nov. 28 in Norfolk, Va. The group's current schedule of performances concludes tonight (Oct. 31) with a sold-out Halloween show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Tomorrow, the Strokes will perform on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien."
Guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. tells Billboard.com that tours of Japan and Europe are being plotted for early next year, with additional North American roadwork beforehand. He says the group is constantly writing new material, and may debut a new song tentatively titled "Meet Me in the Bathroom" for the hometown crowd tonight.
And although the Strokes had early in their career voiced displeasure with making videos as a promotional tool, Hammond says that was simply a ploy to ensure that "we weren't forced to make a video if we didn't want to." Ultimately, director Roman Coppola was selected to lens a clip for "Last Nite," which is now in rotation on MTV and MTV2.
The video can also be viewed on the band's official Web site.
Here are the Strokes' tour dates:
Nov. 14: Philadelphia (TLA)
Nov. 16: Cleveland (Agora)
Nov. 17: Detroit (St. Andrews Hall)
Nov. 18: Indianapolis (Birdy's)
Nov. 20: Lawrence, Kan. (Granada)
Nov. 21: St. Louis (Mississippi Nights)
Nov. 23: Nashville (328 Performance Hall)
Nov. 24: Birmingham, Ala. (Five Points Music Hall)
Nov. 28: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
Feb. 12: Osaka, Japan (IMP Hall)
Feb. 14: Nagoya, Japan (Club Quattro)
Feb. 15: Tokyo (Shibuya Ax)
Feb. 16: Tokyo (Liquid Room)