The band play the Main stage on the Saturday of the three day event ahead of Jack White
The Strokes played their first festival show since 2011 yesterday (June 7) at Governors Ball on Randall’s Island in New York.
The band took to the main GovBallNYC Stage of the event at 6.45pm local time, ahead of the evening’s headline artist Jack White. Playing in the sunshine, frontman Julian Casablancas, who had performed with his solo band The Voidz the previous day – where he reportedly said his new solo album was due out in September – was sporting a blue Hawaiian shirt for the show.
On a bill that also included Chance The Rapper, Disclosure, Skrillex and Spoon, the five piece band opened their set with ‘Barely Legal’ from their 2001 debut album ‘Is This It’, before playing a career-spanning set, that also featured a host of tracks from last year’s ‘Comedown Machine’ – which they did not tour at the time – including ‘Welcome To Japan’, ‘One Way Trigger’ and ‘Happy Ending’, which all received their live debut on May 31 at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, the band’s first gig since November 2011.
Yesterday’s set also featured ‘Take It Or Leave It’, ‘Hard To Explain’ and ‘Last Nite’ from the band’s debut, as well as ‘New York City Cops’, which closed their set.
The Strokes last played the UK at Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2011.
The Strokes played:
‘Welcome to Japan’
‘Take It or Leave It’
‘One Way Trigger’
‘Heart in a Cage’
‘Hard to Explain’
‘The End Has No End’
‘You Only Live Once’
‘New York City Cops’
Albert Hammond Jr recently said that The Strokes will release a new album before they embark on a full tour again.
The guitarist said: “I know that when The Strokes tour again, it will be because we put something out – even though we didn’t tour the last one. Doing a few festivals before you put something out is kind of gearing up the big machine, it just kind of helps everyone get ready, mentally, financially and it brings you back to your audience. You can see the audience’s reaction to your music and you just ‘feel’ again.”