The Strokes return for first gig since 2006

the-strokesImage Credit: Kelly A. Swift/Retna Ltd.The Strokes are officially back. The NYC rockers ended a three-and-a-half-year vacation yesterday with a surprise show in London, their first public performance since October 2006. (Pictured in this post is another concert from shortly before their hiatus.) The NME has a full report on the set, which was booked under the tasty fake name “Venison” and lasted 18 songs. No new material, but this certainly seems like a good sign for that long-promised fourth album of theirs.

Last nite‘s audience was fairly small: just 500 people or so. Thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can now pretend you were among the lucky Londoners. Check out grainy audience footage of 2001 favorite “Is This It” after the jump (clip via Stereogum, which also has a few more songs). The guys are sounding pretty good!

The Strokes are headlining two U.K. festivals this weekend, and they’ll play Lollapalooza in August. Anyone looking forward to seeing them?

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  • J

    FINALLY!!!!! Casablanca’s solo effort wasn’t to my liking, so I’m glad they’re all back together.

    • LOL

      Rest of the headline should read: “…and still no one cared.”

  • Frank from

    The new album can’t come out fast enough. Hopefully we’ll hear it this fall though it’s looking like January.

  • notthe_1

    F*CK YEAH!!!!!
    can’t hardly wait until Lollapalooza!!!!!!

  • alex

    exciting! i do love LIttle Joy and all of Albert’s solo stuff a lot.. it’ll be nice to hear the gentleman together

  • Adwina Lambert

    flash in the pan wonders!!! teehee

  • BrandiMac

    They’re also playing Austin City Limits in October.

  • MultiPass

    SWEET. I love their stuff. Julian’s solo disc is pretty good, but they are definitely stronger as a team.

    • Stacie

      Totally agree!

  • S.O.

    Looks like the rest of the band has their act back together (as rumored months back they were struggling as a whole). Can’t wait for this album. Saw them live nearly 8 years ago, one of the best shows I’ve seen.

  • Nathan

    Good to have the boys back, rock music needs them desperately! Though I enjoyed most of their solo projects, you can’t beat the real thing.

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