We complete our trifecta of Julian Casablancas coverage with last night’s show at the Fillmore East in New York City. Pics from the show are below, but first a description of what else we’ve heard from Julian the past week.
We sat down to interview him on Tuesday at Electric Lady Studios in the West Village. He was a little late, no biggie. He wore shades that didn’t come off until the interview was over, red tight pants, a heavily studded leather jacket and a feather in his hair. When Dan started in with the questions, there wasn’t an ounce of pretension or defensiveness to him. He was open about all things Strokes, his drinking and his music. Highlights include the reason the band is playing shows this summer (money) and the fact that the band is recording new music without him (but he’ll lay his tracks in later). We’ve made two videos from the session, one a full-on Amplified where Julian talks about forming the Strokes, some of the issues with the band and his own disappearance from the spotlight for a few years. He’s surprisingly open about his drinking, and his renunciation of it.
We also asked him about the ridiculously funny video he made with Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island group. “Boombox” puts the 80′s streetcorner staple up on a pedestal and wonders at it’s magical powers. Such powers include making old people get down and dirty with each other. It’s disturbing, hilarious and truly awesome.
And finally, the pics from the show. Julian came on stage at approx 10pm last night to a tight packed crowd of Strokes fans and teenage girls, who knew all the words to the words to his solo album songs, “Phrazes for the Young.” He capped things with the Strokes song “Hard To Explain,” and talked onstage about the massive number of shows he’s seen at the Fillmore East or Irving Plaza “or whatever they call it now.”