BASKET(BALL) CASES!

The bands discover a shared love of basketball while on the road together...

THE STROKES and Kings Of Leon have started their US tour together – and already they’re getting on like a house on fire.

The bands played their first dates on a whirlwind trip across the States last week, starting at the Philadelphia Tower Theatre (October 9-10). The shows were the first chance anyone in the world had to hear all the songs from the hugely anticipated new album ‘Room On Fire’, which is released on October 20.

Writing on the band’s official website, The Strokes’ tour manager said that both bands are taking time out between gigs to hang out and catch up with old friends.

He said: “(On the tour bus) Albert watched the original version of ‘The Italian Job’ and concluded that having one’s own tailor is the way forward. Nick read the New York Times while Fab and Nikolai took over the back lounge of the bus to listen to Fab’s well-stoked I-Pod.

After soundcheck Nick and Fab played basketball with the local crew and the [a][/a].”

A short clip of the bands playing basketball has been posted on [url=]thestrokes.com.

Their tour continues into November, and then The Strokes come over to the UK for a short tour. Those dates have sold out.

For more on the tour, see this week’s NME, which is out now in London and tomorrow nationwide.