The Walkmen play final gig before 'extreme hiatus' – watch

Band perform 'We've Been Had' at NBA All-Star gig in New Orleans

Footage from The Walkmen's last show before going on "extreme hiatus" has been revealed online.

The band performed at an NBA All-Star gig in New Orleans on Saturday night (February 17). See above now to watch the band play 'We've Been Had' as well as frontman Hamilton Leithauser giving a speech eulogising the New York group. The Walkmen performed as part of Rock On Foundation's first Alt-Star Party during the NBA All-Star break. The event was held by San Antonio Spurs' player Matt Bonner.

Speaking to the audience, Leithauser suggested The Walkmen will not join the droves of bands who have split only to reform at a later date. "This is the end," he said. "This is the last thing we’ll ever do. But this is great. This is the first song we ever wrote together."

Meanwhile, Walter Martin of the band posted a picture of the group after the gig with the caption: "There will always be an 'us' in hiatus"


Bass player Peter Bauer revealed late last year that the band have no plans to write or record together in the future and that they had played their last live date in promotion of 2012 album 'Heaven'.

The Walkmen formed in 2000 and have released seven studio albums, including last year's 'Heaven'. Emerging alongside The Strokes, Interpol and Yeah Yeahs as a raft of bands broke out of New York at the turn of the century, The Walkmen are perhaps best known for their song 'The Rat', which appeared on 2004 album 'Bows + Arrows'.

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