CHAT ROOM ON FIRE!

The band feature on 'Late Night With Conan O’Brien' and play a secret gig in the same night...

THE STROKES have kicked off a month-long residency on an American chat show.

Last night (November 4) marked the first of four performances the band will perform in November on a popular US late night talk show, ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’, in promotion of their latest LP, ‘Room On Fire’.

The programme’s host, O’Brien, triumphantly declared November “Strokes month” before the group played new album track ‘Reptilia’ to the tiny New York studio audience.

Lead singer Julian Casablancas, whose past US television appearances included performances in which he’s tripped and fallen over amps, appeared to be in top form, clutching the microphone while garbling song lyrics in classic Strokes style.

The same evening the band played a ‘secret’ gig at the New York Bowery Ballroom. Members of the band’s ‘Alone, Together’ fan club were invited down to see an intimate performance as something of a thank you for their support. At the show the band played a mix of both albums, but focused on newer material.

One unnamed new song, a duet with support act Regina Spektor was played for the first time when the band did their Madison Square Garden gig earlier on the tour.

Fellow New Yorkers seen enjoying the gig were Paul Banks and Carlos Dengler of Interpol and Steve Schiltz from Longwave.

The Strokes wrap their US tour next week before preparing for their European tour in December, which includes two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace on December 5 and 6.