His fellow Strokes are in the audience
It was Hammond’s fifth show as a solo artist, having played his debut gig in Long Island recently, under the name Vino Tinto.
Crowds of people tried unsuccessfully to see the New York show, which took place at the small Mercury Lounge as part of the CMJ festival.
“It was like trying to get into Studio 54“, former Moldy Peaches singer Adam Green later joked with bassist Josh Lattanzi.
Taking to the stage with Lattanzi and drummer Matt Romano (The Strokes‘ drum tech), Hammond also enlisted the help of guitarist Steve Schiltz of Longwave and ex-Sexy Magazines’ Marc Eskenazi on keyboards.
With no crew to speak of, Hammond and co set up all their own gear, while Julian Casablancas’ wife Juliet manned the merchandise stand.
Julian Casablancas, Fabrizio Moretti and Nikolai Fraiture all showed up to support their bandmate, who played a nine song set, including a cover of Guided By Voices‘ ‘Postal Blowfish’.
The set was:
‘Everyone Gets A Star’
‘Call An Ambulance’
‘Bright Young Thing’
‘Hard To Live (In The City)’
–By our New York staff.