The Strokes joined onstage by Mac DeMarco as they make live return in Atlanta

Band played first gig since August 2014 at at Shaky Knees festival last night (May 8)

The Strokes returned to the stage last night at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival, with special guest Mac DeMarco briefly joining the band on stage.

Taking the stage to a 30,000 strong audience, the band barely paused for breath as they played a greatest hits-style set comprising of material from their five studio albums.


Hitting the stage sporting ripped up jeans and a mullet, Julian Casablancas barely spoke to either the band or the audience while storming through the set, though did ask “What does Shaky Knees mean anyway?”. He also said “right, we’re doing it. In the unofficial capital of the south. This is a cool fest, lot of cool bands and a beautiful park too. It’s just gorgeous.”

Elsewhere in the set, The Strokes gave a live debut to ‘Comedown Machine’ single ‘All The Time’ and also played ‘You Talk Way Too Much’ (from the album ‘Room On Fire’) for the first time since 2004. Mac DeMarco, who The Strokes watched perform his own set at the festival earlier in the day, walked on stage later in the set and hugged the band before watching from side of stage.

See below for a full setlist as well as pictures from the band’s set.

While there may have been some disappointment at a lack of new tracks, The Strokes had the crowd on their side. Fan Courtney Fisher was delighted, telling NME: “I’ve been a fan since sophomore year of high school.” Other audience members agreed, “I’ve seen The Strokes tonnes of times,” said Franklin Rabon. “I even saw them one week after they released their first album.”

“I’ve loved this band forever,” said fan Kassle Molinar, who traveled from California just for the show.

The Strokes played:


‘Welcome to Japan’
‘Barely Legal’
‘Automatic Stop’
‘You Only Live Once’
‘All the Time’
‘Machu Pichu’
‘You Talk Way Too Much’
‘One Way Trigger’
‘Heart in a Cage’
‘Under Cover of Darkness’
‘Taken for a Fool’
‘Under Control’
‘Last Nite’
‘Take It or Leave It’
‘Vision of Division’
‘Is This It’
‘Hard to Explain’
‘NYC Cops’

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The Strokes released their last album ‘Comedown Machine’ in 2013, with the band set to play their first UK gig in five years when they headline the British Summer Time Festival in London’s Hyde Park on June 18.

Meanwhile, frontman Julian Casablancas recently revealed that the band are working on new music.

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