Much buzzed about band of the moment the Strokes have delayed the release of their North American debut "Is This It" (RCA) from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9 in order to remove a potentially offensive number tit

Much buzzed about band of the moment the Strokes have delayed the release of their North American debut "Is This It" (RCA) from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9 in order to remove a potentially offensive number titled "New York City Cops." The track, which questions the intelligence of the NYPD, was deemed inappropriate after last week's terrorist attacks on the city of New York.

"The band stands by 'New York City Cops,' but feels after witnessing the valiant response of the [NYPD] during last week's tragedy, that timing was wrong to release it during these highly sensitive times," according to a statement from the band's publicist.

The song will be replaced with the cut "When It Started," which was recorded last weekend. International editions of "Is This It" will not be changed; the set debuted at No. 2 in the U.K. earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the Strokes are proceeding with their current round of tour dates, which are:

Sept. 26: Boston (Axis)
Sept. 27: Northampton, Mass. (Pearl Street)
Sept. 28: Providence, R.I. (Met Cafe)
Sept. 29: Portland, Maine (the Skinny)
Sept. 30: Montreal (Cabaret)
Oct. 2: Toronto (Horseshoe)
Oct. 4: Newport, Ky. (Southgate House)
Oct. 5: Chicago (Metro)
Oct. 6: Minneapolis (7th Street Entry)
Oct. 9: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 16: San Francisco (Fillmore)
Oct. 18: Hollywood, Calif. (Palace)
Oct. 22: Dallas (Gypsy Tea Room)
Oct. 23: Austin, Texas (Stubb's BBQ)
Oct. 25: New Orleans (Howlin' Wolf)
Oct. 26: Atlanta (Cotton Club)
Oct. 29: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)

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