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The Strokes Play Surprise Gig in London


About 500 fans and music stars gathered in the small London club Digwall’s last night to see the Strokes first public performance in four years — and they weren’t disappointed [via NME].

The New Yorkers, who played under the fake moniker Venison, powered through a 18-song set in 70 minutes, rocking hits including “The Modern Age,” “Is This It?” and “Take It or Leave It.” But even though they have a new album due this September, the band didn’t perform any new material.

Among the crowd in the tiny venue (some of who paid up to 500 British pounds a ticket) was Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

Strokes frontman Julian Casablances wore his characteristic sunglasses and a studded leather jacket; he closed out the show by saying the comeback felt “wonderful” and “crazy.”

The Strokes officially kick-off their summer performances this weekend at the Isle of Wight Festival.

And as for Venison? Looks like they wanted to “end their career on a high note.”

New York City Cops
The Modern Age
Hard To Explain
What Ever Happened?
You Only Live Once
Vision Of Division
I Can’t Win
Is This It
Red Light
Last Nite
Under Control
Heart In A Cage
Take It Or Leave It

“New York City Cops”