The Killers Cover 'Is This It' on the Strokes' Home Turf
... the territory's most beloved acts; U2, Oasis, and New Order all received some love while they performed overseas in support of last year's heroic Battle Born. But when the "Mr. Brightside" players took over Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday (May 18), they paid tribute to five of the Big Apple's favorite sons: the Strokes
. The Killers played a minute-long rendition of "Is This It," the weary title track off the Fab Five's landmark 2001 debut. You might ask, "Is that it?" Yes, but it's all that's needed. Watch it above. The Killers Cover 'Is This It' on the Strokes
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... the UK so to come back and play Wembley, I don't know what I can say about it. Every couple of months there's something along those lines that sort of blows me out of the water. Obviously, this is the cream of the crop of dreams coming true." The Killers will be playing a host of festivals this summer, including headline slots at the Isle Of Wight Festival, T In The Park, Spain's Benicassim and Lollapalooza in Chicago. To check the availability of The Killers tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094. The Killers cover The Strokes
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The Strokes' Nick Valensi collaborating with Brody Dalle
... Nick Valensi of The Strokes
is collaborating with Brody Dalle on her forthcoming solo record. The former frontwoman of The Distillers and Spinnerette has been recording her first solo album in California and recently posted a picture of Valensi on Instagram and thanked him for his playing, writing "Thank you Nicky Valensi for the radass guitar". The album will be Dalle's first record since Spinnerette's self-titled debut album, which was released in 2009. Six months ago Dalle posted a picture of herself next to a microphone, with the caption "almost donesys". Last year she wrote on the Twitter that her first solo album will also feature appearances from Shirley Manson of Garbage and Queens Of The Stone Age's Michael Shuman as well as the band's longterm collaborator Alain Johannes. In 2011 Dalle gave birth to her and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme's second child. Dalle released her first album with The Distillers in 2000. The punk band released three albums, before splitting in 2006. She has since worked with Eagles Of Death Metal, Queens Of The Stone Age and Leftover Crack. The Strokes
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The Strokes (1999-)
Julian Casablancas (vocals)
Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar)
Nick Valensi (guitar)
Nikolai Fraiture (bass)
Fabrizio Moretti (drums)
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Fraiture and Casablancas first met when they were six at a French school called Le Lycee. Coincidentally, that's French for "school." They didn't become really good friends until fifth grade.
When Casablancas started going to Manhattan's Dwight School, he met Valensi and Moretti. The four of them used to practice together every day after school at Moretti's house.
All of them were born to affluent families, which many of their critics use against them, accusing them of slumming it in the dives where they made their name.
Casablancas' father, John, founded the Elite Modeling Agency.
It was at 15 that Casablancas started writing his first songs, basing them on Nirvana riffs he figured out.
Hammond met Casablancas at a Swiss boarding school, La Rosee. After graduation, Hammond came to New York. He had intended to attend the New York University film school, but just fell in with the Strokes.
Ryan Gentles booked the band at the Mercury Lounge in New York. After they garnered a huge positive response, he quit his job to become their manager.
All the band members were smokers - Moretti managed to quit.
The members are all very affectionate with each other, even kissing each other on the lips. They see it as a test of their manhood.
Their first United States national tours were first with the Doves, and then with Guided By Voices.
Their debut album, Is This It, received several accolades from critics and appeared on several year-end best-of lists.
The moment when Hammond fell in love with music was when he went to England and saw a show on the life of Buddy Holly.
Hammond, Jr., is the son of songwriter Albert Hammond. He had a hit in 1972 with "It Never Rains In Southern California." (thanks, chase - st. louis, MO)
In February 2005, Casablancas married Juliet Joslin, The Strokes' assistant manager. He announced the engagement at several shows including one in Central Park, where prior to playing their song "Hard To Explain
," he said, "I'm getting married and it's hard to explain!"
Moretti went out with actress Drew Barrymore. Their relationship ended in January 2007. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
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