Liam and Noel take time out to chat to the band...
The band – who are set to hit the UK this month for an extensive tour and later festival dates to support the release of their debut album ‘This Is It’ through Rough Trade in August – played a free gig as their last show in the city, and according to fan reports, Oasis, who had played a gig the same night at Camden, New Jersey E-Centreas part of their ‘Brotherly Love’ tour with The Black Crowes, turned up.
Speaking to one fan before they took the stage, excited singer Julian Casablancas said: “Can you believe fucking Oasis came out to see us tonight?” Liam and Noel were reportedly spotted speaking to the band’s drummer Fabrizio Moretti later on.
Approaching the end of the set, Casablancas, who had been swapping “the finger” signs with friends in the audience throughout the gig and had declared Philly “sort of” awesome, said: “We have two more songs tonight and then we are off to fucking England. He added: “We had a great time, I hope we returned the favour!”
Seemingly the worse for drink, he left the stage a few times, once kissing a girl in the audience, to her apparent surprise.
The set, which echoed the set-list at their previous gigs included:
‘Is This It’
‘The Modern Age’
‘Trying Your Luck’
‘New York City Cops’
‘Hard To Explain’
‘Take It Or Leave It’
The band fly to the UK tomorrow (June 2) to prepare for their tour, which calls at:
Brighton Pavilion (June 10)
Nottingham Social (11)
Oxford Zodiac (12)
Bristol Fleece & Firkin (13)
Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach (14)
Dublin Temple Bar Music Centre (16)
Belfast Limelight (17)
Edinburgh Venue (19)
Glasgow King Tuts (20)
Manchester University (21)
Liverpool Lomax (22)
Sheffield Leadmill (23)
Leeds Cockpit (24)
Birmingham Little Academy (26)
Colchester Arts Centre (27)
London Heaven (28)
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Following their UK dates, the band move to mainland Europe, before embarking on a tour of Australia with You Am I. They return to the US in August.
For full tour information, check the website www.thestrokes.com, which is being launched officially today (Friday, June 1).