Touts offer £150 for a ticket to hottest show in the country...
Strokes kicked off their last UK tour for six months in GLASGOW last night (March 22) to an ecstatic reception from a wildly enthusiastic BARROWLAND audience.
Tickets for the 1,900-capacity gig, which sold out within 25 minutes on the day they went on sale, were changing hands outside for up to £150. And even film superstar Ewan McGregor was desperate to get tickets for the hottest gig in the UK, plaguing the promoter for guest list places.
He was one of the fortunate ones, joining the Scottish indie crowd which included Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub, Francis McDonald of Radio Sweethearts, Duglas T Stewart formerly of BMX Bandits, Eugene Kelly and Colin McIntyre from Mull Historical Society.
Strokes played two new songs live for the first time before their Scottish fans – ‘Meet Me In The Bathroom’ and one un-named. All received a hearty reception from the faithful, who danced along and seemed to pick up the words very quickly.
Singer Julian Casablancas was in playful mood, throwing himself down on the stage and lungeing at guitarist Albert Hammond Jr during ‘The Modern Age’, standing on the crowd barrier at the front of the stage to sing at one point, and dedicating ‘Soma’ to a Glaswegian member of the band’s crew.
After the show, guitarist Nick Valensi told NME.COM it had been a “great” start to the tour and the reaction from the fans was “awesome”.
The fans were equally enthusiastic, with Marion Scott (22), from Inverness, describing it as “fantastic, absolutely shit hot” and Raymond Pearson (18) from Bishopbriggs adding: “I’ve seen them at the two festivals they’ve played up here (T In The Park and Gig On The Green last year) and really liked them, but at this gig they’ve got much better since then. The question is can they handle the pressure?”
After the gig, the entire band went along to the aftershow party at The Garage nightclub, where they partied until 2am.
Strokes continue their tour tonight (March 23) at Edinburgh Corn Exchange and go on to play:
Manchester Apollo (March 25)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (26)
Brixton Academy (28, 29)
Dublin Olympia (31)
The set-list for the Glasgow show ran:
‘Meet Me In The Bathroom’
‘The Modern Age’
‘New York City Cops’
‘Hard To Explain’
‘Is This It’
‘When It Started’
‘Trying Your Luck’
‘Take It Or Leave It’