From Glastonbury: Julian Casablancas Plays “Automatic Stop”, Sings From Stage’s Lighting Rig (UPDATED)

by Eric Van Dril · 11 comments

By all accounts, Julian’s first-ever gig at Glastonbury Festival was a rousing success.

Julian, flanked by the Sick Six instead of the Feuding Four, kicked off the set with “Automatic Stop” and also covered The Modern Age and Hard To Explain in the set. The crowd at the John Peel Stage was reportedly extremely ecstatic during each Strokes track, especially during “Ludlow St.” when Julian climbed the lighting rig and sang the entire song from the structure(*).

(* = Could this be because this is the slowest tempo track in the setlist and because it lasts nearly six minutes? So, just try to keep the audience’s attention before the Christmas song by doing some death-defying climbing?)

“Glastonbury… we’re very privileged and happy to be here,” Julian said during the gig.

The setlist, via NME:

Automatic Stop’
‘River Of Breaklights’
’11th Dimension’
‘Hard To Explain’
‘Out Of The Blue’
‘You Only Live Once’/’The Modern Age’
‘Ludlow St’
‘I Wish It Was Christmas Today’

Check back to for videos from the gig.

Picture from the gig after the jump…


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mary Shea June 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

He himself probably got bored during Ludlow. It’s not really suitable to be performed at a festival, I don’t think. Should have played Left & Right, maybe Tourist.

Any idea what the YOLO/modern age is? A combo? Or did he just choose one or the other? Can’t wait to see some footage.

2 Mary Shea June 28, 2010 at 8:34 am

Hey NME has 4 Chords instead of Ludlow….which one’s correct, do you know? I hope I can trust you over NME hahah

3 john June 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

if you haven’t listened to ludlow street live from electric lady studios (RXP Session), you should…

4 Eric Van Dril June 28, 2010 at 9:11 am

I like Ludlow St. and liked it live, but 4 Chords was my favorite song when I saw him. It took me completely by surprise.

I got the setlist from the NME site, so if they changed it then I’d probably say it was 4 Chords and not Ludlow. Video, of course, would put this question to bed. I just can’t find any right now.

5 Mary Shea June 28, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Oh okay. Yeah I hope we get some videos soon. I also liked Ludlow when I saw him–there’s not a song on Phrazes I don’t adore–but I just prefer Left & Right or Tourist. 4 Chords was my immediate favorite the first time I heard the album, though River of Brakelights had to be my favorite live. I think I’ve mentioned this to you before, probably right after I saw him in January or March. Sorry for the redundancy!

6 Katie June 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

No pictures of him hanging from the lights? None?!

7 Eric Van Dril July 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm

@Katie We might have them later tonight or tomorrow.

8 Katharine July 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Just to clarify he was never actually hanging from the lights he had just climbed the rigging and was singing from there. It’ll be clearer when you see the photos.
Also the whole thing with NME putting YOLO on the setlist, that’s a bunch of bull because I have the video of him doing it, he sang the bridge of The Modern Age slowed down a bit before properly launching into the song.
And I can’t remember the setlist perfectly but I don’t think he actually song Ludlow Street, I think that was wrong.

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