Over the weekend, there was a collective sigh of relief that could be heard all around as the slow reopening of businesses and venues continues to pick up steam while COVID-19 seems to be receeding.
The Strokes brought the full live music experience back to New York City – performing an entire set of songs, on a stage in front of people inside of the newly renovated Irving Plaza -- during a fundraiser for mayoral candidate Maya Wiley on Saturday.
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The 16 song, full-band set on June 12 featured classics and new music from the band's GRAMMY-winning 2020 release as well as a few surprises. Check out the setlist below.
The Adults Are Talking
One Way Trigger (w/ Blood Orange)
You Only Live Once
Hard to Explain
Ize of the World
The Modern Age
Is This It
Take It or Leave It
Encore: Automatic Stop, Last Nite, Ode to the Mets, Reptilia
Dev Hynes of Blood Orange appeared on stage to sing "One Way Trigger" with the band over the course of the night, while guitarist Steve Shiltz of Longwave filled in for Nick Valensi who was unable to make the show but sent his love and support.
It must have felt like the "dawn of a New Age" for more reasons than political change at the event, which was attended by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) who highlighted on her own social accounts that it was the city's first in-person concert of the year with a "100% vaccinated crowd" at the venue which has been closed for extensive renovations since October of 2019. Comedian John Mulaney was also in attendance providing the night's opening entertainment.
The band, who recently secured their first-ever GRAMMY for last year's album The New Abnormal, performed in support of Wiley back in May during a virtual acoustic concert, and have let their music speak for their political leanings before, notably playing at a campaign event for Bernie Sanders during his 2020 run for president.