Fab Moretti to play Dylan Fest 2012

by Eric Van Dril · 145 comments

The members of The Strokes have a history of contributing to unique nights of music honoring artists like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, and this year at least one member will contribute to Dylan Fest.

Fab Moretti is on the bill (3rd line!) for the two-night event.

From three years ago…

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1 nicki May 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

hey guys you can watch the whole le grand journal performance here http://festival-cannes.canalplus.fr/festival-cannes/le-grand-journal-de-cannes/les-concerts-du-grand-journal since i think it’s only reptilia that’s on youtube. julian fucks up the first line of UCoD, but not nearly as bad as the reptilia fiasco! lol poor jules!

2 Annie 1251 May 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Hey – thanks so much! I’m going to watch the whole thing. I love that pretty setting where they are performing. I wish I was there right now! (with them on the stage, also – of course!)

And, I know it’s funny sometimes, even I have to laugh, but I appreciate so much that you make light of him forgetting these lyrics. -Some people really start with the Jules bashing, and I can’t take it! I know it must be frustrating for the other guys, but we know he’s not doing it on purpose. (Especially if they have to start the whole song over, like the one Arctic posted – Yeeessh!)
Because it’s not like he WANTS to be so embarrassed! My heart goes out to him. And he’s not drunk anymore – so he must just have a terrible, horrible memory.
Really – what else could it be?

3 Arctic Douche May 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

I was wondering, has anyone seen a high quality live performance of Left and Right In The Dark anywhere? I’ve been listening to that one like crazy lately and I can’t seem to find any on YouTube.

4 nicki May 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

@annie it bothers me when people make a big deal about it. he’s julian casablancas. he’s a fucking genious. i think we can let lyric screw ups go! i mean give the man a break he can’t be perfect at everything! that reptilia le grand journal one is REALLY bad though, but when i watch it i just laugh and think “oh jules!” also i think that in some cases he’s doing it on purpose to change things up, which is fine, and since he wrote the songs he has every right to change them if he wants to! but other times he just screws up. and like you said it could be that he has a terrible memory because he has said in interviews that his memory’s really bad. but what’s weird is that he seems to screw up way more now than he did when he was drinking, so i’m thinking that maybe he forgets because he’s nervous and the drinking helped with that.

5 nicki May 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

the drinking helped relax him i mean. so he was more relaxed and so didn’t forget/screw up lyrics

6 nicki May 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

@arctic unfortunately i haven’t been able to find any good quality vids of that one either. it’s pretty hard to find good quality videos of julian solo. most on youtube are pretty bad!

7 Annie 1251 May 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Very cool of you to cut him some slack. I do agree that he seems to mess up more now – and I agree that the drinking helped him relax. He used to throw up before the early shows because of nerves.
It’s got to be hard being shy and all nerved out performing in front of so many people!
But I thought by now he would know how much us fans love the Strokes, and he would just freakin relax a little!

I will do some searching – not feeling too hopeful since you and Nicki haven’t found anything – but I might get lucky!

8 Tannk May 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Left and Right is one of my favorite songs off phrazes, but I have yet see a professionally recorded video of live performance.
too bad…

9 LillySu May 9, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Well, you were talking about Julian’s forgetting lyrics and about Left And Right In The Dark. This video is perfect…

10 Annie 1251 May 10, 2012 at 2:48 am

Ok – so now he’s all by himself – and still no memory! I guess a bad memory is just a part of him.

Warning: Fangirl comment: It’s hard to get mad at him when he looks like THAT in that video!

Left & Right in the Dark and Out of the Blue are my two favorite songs from Phrazes (and I really like them all). L&R just has such great lyrics and the music is just so good.

11 LillySu May 10, 2012 at 2:58 am

@Annie 1251
Warning: Good thing she didn’t mantioned her ovaries exploding. 🙂

12 LillySu May 10, 2012 at 4:28 am

Don’t know if anybody saw this. Fresh Julians photo.

13 Annie 1251 May 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Is Julian wearing a freaking flannel shirt there?!!!
Por quei???!!!!

When I said I hoped for a fashion change for him – I sure wasn’t talking about FLANNEL!!! lol!

Also – I laughed when you mentioned the ovaries exploding! That was funny.

And it was funny when Alan said it to us – I miss him! Where did he go?
I hope he comes back! We’re behaving!

14 LillySu May 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

@Annie 1251
I said it b/c of Alan, to make him laugh. 🙂 Hope he’ll come back, too.
As for the Julians fashion choices, maybe it’s his pajamas and he forgot to change before going out. Let’s hope!

15 Annie 1251 May 11, 2012 at 7:37 am

@Arctic, LillySu, Nicki & Taank

You guys were looking for a professional/decent live recording of L&R in the Dark.
Couldn’t find a professionally done video – but this one is somewhat decently recorded:
At the House of Blues, TX 4/2010.

The second one is from the Trocadero in Philly that I have been to-
unfortunately not to see him though! 🙁

The place is small – and at the end Julian climbs up into the balcony (from stacked speakers)
-and hangs out with fans and sang from there.
I heard that the security guys were pissed, lol!


16 Annie 1251 May 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

I realize the recording at the Troc isn’t so great –
But Julian climbing up into the balcony was just too cool!

17 Tannk May 11, 2012 at 9:19 am

6 AM now, you’re in Hollywood
and you’re dancing/ we made it
We are turning back the earth so fast
but it feels/ a lot slower……

18 Annie 1251 May 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

Your Achilles heel
Is you like to feel
your fingers on the wheel 🙂

19 LillySu May 11, 2012 at 10:33 am

@Annie 1251
The second one I never saw. That climbing was so not characteristic for Julian and b/c of that so amazing. I can imagine surprise of those girls up there when he arrived like the Batman. Ah!

Those lyrics are so romantic! In fact, all lyrics on Phrazes are.

20 Annie 1251 May 11, 2012 at 11:09 am

Batman, lol! But you’re right – he does like to climb stuff. I remembered this article from the Glastonbury Festival 2010 (solo show):

“He jumped straight into the audience, causing hysteria in the first rows”.

“However, Casablancas topped that by then proceeding to climb the stage’s lighting rigging and singing the entirety of ‘4 Chords Of The Apocalypse’ while dangling from it”.

And all that climbing craziness was with no alcohol. Maybe he’s a coffee drinker now and stopped at StarBucks on his way to the show – that might explain things!

21 Brian Wallace May 11, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I was at that Troc show. I remember waiting in the car in a parking garage listening to the Cardinals/Packers playoff game on the radio. The was a heck of a game. That was a heck of concert. Brilliant cover of “Velvet Snow.”


22 LillySu May 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm

@Annie 1251
Coffee drinker, lol! Who knows! I wish I could see that dangling 4 Chords.

@Brian Wallace
I envy you for that concert.

23 Arctic Douche May 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

@Annie, thanks for the vids! I found a few okay ones but yours were quite good.
And I just learned how to play Razorblade on bass…I am falling quite in love with that song right now. In fact, I’ve been listening to almost nothing but FIOE lately when I gots me amean need for some Stroking.

24 Annie 1251 May 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm

@Brian Wallace
Get OUT!!! I can’t believe you saw that Trocadero concert!! That is a great place for a concert since it is so small. I really hope Julian brings his solo self back there again! I WILL be there!
And I love that Velvet Snow song so much –
Here it is from your concert:


I think you were the one to first introduce me to Julian’s Velvet Snow song – wasn’t that you? Or was it Modern Age?

And don’t you think 4 Chords was an odd song for Julian to sing while hanging from lighting? It’s such an emotional kind of song. Maybe it’s just the hanging from the lighting idea that was odd – not the song choice, lol!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE Razorblade. I did a little survey a few days ago about 3 underrated songs: Barely Legal, I Can’t Win & Razorblade. Barely Legal won as the best of the 3. Although I love all three songs, I think I would pick Razorblade.

Did you see Choco’s post on the last thread where she heard that Julian sings “I looooovvveeedd yooou befooree I sawww yooou” in the interlude/ solo?
I listened and she’s right!! I freaked OUT. I never noticed it before. She has a good ear!

Cool that you can play it on the bass!

And lately I’m stuck on Killing Lies in a a major way –

25 Annie 1251 May 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

@LillySu (& Julian solo fans)

Check out this cool interview with Julian (2010) with Alex from his solo tour band.
He looks so happy! And so funny when he mentions the harp.


26 Arctic Douche May 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Strokes V must have harp or no buy haha

27 Tannk May 11, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Razorblade is great. It’s crazy how much the chorus sounds like Barry manilows “Mandy.”
I just learned how to the the guitar part I’m razorade. The guitar in the razorblade verse is sooo amazing!

28 Tannk May 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Razorblade is great. It’s crazy how much the chorus sounds like Barry manilows “Mandy.”
I just learned how to the the guitar part in razorade. The guitar in the razorblade verse is sooo amazing!

29 Tannk May 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

sorry for the double comment. I wish i could delete one (and this one)

30 LillySu May 12, 2012 at 3:34 am

@Annie 1251
Yeah, that’s interview with that “Phoenix said you have those secret chords” line. Julian looked there so happy. I love that interview.
And yeah, “Velvet Snow” is magic in his version. I don’t really like the original KoL version so much. Although, I listen KoL lately quite a lot. My favorite is California Waiting.
Holly shit, I just realized what song is that Mandy of Barry Manilow. I know that song. And yes, the chorus of Razorblade is quite similar, but the atmosphere is so different and I never would guess by myself.

31 Annie 1251 May 12, 2012 at 5:29 am

@LillySu & @Taank
I wonder why the Strokes were never approached about “borrowing” riffs (Last Nite, Razorblade).
Do you think they weren’t because it’s only a small part of the songs? Or just that Tom Petty and Barry Manilow are cool – and didn’t want to be stupid and make it a court thing?
Like you said, LillySu – the atmosphere of Razorblade is so different from Mandy. That was a good description!

I would think Razorblade would be difficult to learn on the guitar – good for you! Such a cool song. So underrated.

lol about the harp!

32 Annie 1251 May 12, 2012 at 5:44 am

One more thing I forgot to mention about that great interview – how about that cool denim jacket?
A good look for Julian.
A nice change from all the leather (and a DEFINITE step up from flannel, lol!)

33 LillySu May 12, 2012 at 5:46 am

@Annie 1251 & @Arctic & @Taank
I just stumbled on this demo of Left & Right In The Dark. It’s so sweet.

34 LillySu May 12, 2012 at 6:10 am

@Annie 1251
Julian is perfect in that interview, from jacket, haircut, smile, attitude, to even glasses (although glasses on Julian generally bother me, like those ultra green shoes bother you).

And look what else I have found. This is so good, better then official version. Demo for Tourist – totaly Bob Marley influenced.

35 Annie 1251 May 12, 2012 at 6:45 am

I love both of those Demo’s – i’s fun to hear his early ideas, and how different the final song ends up.
Thanks for posting them!

You are so right about the Tourist Demo sounding Bob Marley influenced. It sounds like he was right there in the room with Julian! Really – Julian’s musical style can just go in so many directions – wherever he wants it to take him.

I really like the L&R in the D demo – I want to listen again to hear all the different lyrics. I wish he could put these on I-tunes. Does the man just not want to make money? lol.

Also – I am with you about the shades! I like to see him leave them off. But, I think in interviews they make him feel “safe”. And, if it helps him to relax while talking (like in that interview), then at least they are serving a purpose.

36 Choco May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Does anyone hear the resemblance in the beginning of I Can’t Win to Hawaii?
Whenever I listen to I Can’t Win, I can’t help but sing Hawaii!

37 Acombs1793 May 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Julian was just on snl!

38 Nicki May 12, 2012 at 10:04 pm

@acombs1973 was he really? Omg yesterday he tweeted “looking forward to seeing will Ferrell on snl tomorrow”! He could’ve mentioned that he was gonna be on it too! Wtf Jules?!

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