LAST FIGHT?

The band deny a rift after frontman Julian Casablancas lashes out...

Strokes got into a fight with one of their record company senior executives and then pulled out of a planned television promo performance in PARIS recently, NME.COM can reveal.

The pressure of being on the road almost constantly for a year told on the band just over a fortnight ago when frontman Julian Casablancas cracked and punched John Voigtmann, senior director of International marketing at parent label RCA.

The band had been lined up to appear on a television show in Paris on March 19 when the bust-up happened.

“Julian hit him,” guitarist Albert Hammond Jnr told NME last week. “He wouldn’t normally, he’s the last guy who would. But they were making us do this thing and we hadn’t been told [about it]. They lied to us and we really didn’t want to do it.

“So this guy is saying you got to do this show and we’re saying no and our manager wasn’t there at the time and it got a little weird. He didn’t hit him hard, though.”

Strokes did not make the appearance.

Strokes rounded off the UK and Ireland leg of their current tour at Dublin Olympia at the weekend (March 31). Rumours of road fever and in-band bickering had started to swirl around the band, but these were nonsense according to Albert.

“How do these rumours start?” he asked. “There is no rift. We’ve been on the road for over a year and we’re a little tired, but we’re still all friends.”

Strokes are due to take up six months off now to recharge their batteries and write and record their anticipated second album, though there is still talk of festival appearances in the summer.