Video: The Strokes Play ‘Games’ At Madison Square Garden

by Eric Van Dril · 27 comments

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1 Pat April 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

WOW :D
his voice sounds great in ask me anything

2 Pat April 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

geeez he did alright on games
could of done better but its fucking hard to sing

3 Steph April 1, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Ok, so I wasn’t going to comment so that it would seem like I’m NOT still on the internet obsessing over this concert that I was NOT at…but whatever. Ask Me Anything…loved it…and Albert threw in some guitar at the end!! GAMES. I love this song so much. I’m thinking it probably sounded a little better in real life…but it sounded ok. First time is always rough, I imagine. I hope they play it in New Orleans. I’m so waiting to see what happens at this after-party. Sounds like it’s going to be waaay cooler than the Vegas after-party.

4 Bob April 1, 2011 at 10:29 pm
5 Kimdiy April 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm

i was jealous before the video but now i’m super jealous!!!!! i’ve been wanting to hear games live so bad, and ask me anything is such a beautiful song that just sounded soooo good. i hate everyone that got to go. :(

6 Chris April 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Sick version of under control. love that song.

7 Lyn April 1, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Hearing the beginning of under control actually made me tear up. I fuckin love this band so much

8 Jim April 2, 2011 at 12:31 am

Albert on synth is a wonderful sight. Haters gonna hate.

9 Tobz April 2, 2011 at 1:21 am

Under Control is amazing live, ask me anything too. Games sounded pretty good

10 chris April 2, 2011 at 2:36 am

i too love this band so damn much! these vids are great!

11 Alex from Vegas April 2, 2011 at 2:51 am

ohmygod, he sounds so beautiful in Under Control. :]

12 Hanan April 2, 2011 at 5:01 am

OH EM GEE
I never thought I’d see the day when a Stroke had their guitar slung on their shoulder while on a keyboard. go Albie go!! Games is awesome
Ask Me Anything is boss.
Julian’s wide leg stance = sex. his voice sounds sosoosso great.
they all sound EPIC
the crowd is NOT moving enough.
but that’s okay because we work haaaard darlin, we don’t have no control…
g——————————-d damn

13 Brian Wallace April 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

It was a great show. I thought the pacing of the set list was weird but maybe they just made it up as they went along. Costello was great. He knew the words to “Taken For A Fool” better than Julian did.

My favorite song of the night? “The Modern Age.”

Brian

14 george April 2, 2011 at 6:22 am

how can i get a dvd of this concert?
is it possible?

15 wolfman April 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

this guy has some really good videos of the show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjzGItY8PLo&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

16 secretman April 2, 2011 at 7:42 am
17 sam April 2, 2011 at 8:07 am

The band sounded great but Julian forgetting ALL of the lyrics is really getting old. He looked like he couldn’t be bothered. The Strokes use to work so hard for perfection and now Julian seems to not even care about getting the lyrics or melodies right. Last night was the 10th time I’ve seen them play and it was by far the worst.

18 Steph April 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

The disco ball in Under Control looked like the frickin’ sun. So beautiful. The moment he started singing Under Control…chills!!

19 Sianna April 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

I am now depressed and thrilled.

20 Kevin April 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

It seems all I’ve been reading lately on this site is how bad Nick’s vocals were on Fallon (I disagree). And now after watching this Games video, I’m reading that Julian “sounds good”, or “it’s hard to sing”, etc. C’mon now, I’m the biggest Strokes fan you’ll ever meet and I think Julian is a hell of singer but he sounded pretty bad on this one. Let’s just call it like it is. I love seeing Albert switch to keys and I love the direction the band is heading, but maybe Games should be left out of the live set. Having said that, it’s my favorite track on Angles right now.

21 Kevin April 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

Taken For A Fool with Costello is fucking amazing! So cool…

22 katie April 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

loved taken for a fool with elvis costello, games, and ask me anything. sounds and looks like it was a great show. Julian sounded fantastic, especially on ask me anything. I can’t wait to see games live.

23 Lynn April 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm

@sam Granted, I wasn’t there. But these videos sound great. It sounds to me like Julian is on top of his game. He’s been forgetting (or more often, intentionally altering) lyrics since the day they started playing. Also, Julian has never seemed like he could be bothered with anything. That is part of his “cool”. But it is quite obvious to me that the man cares about putting on a good show. How many other singers get as close to their fans as Julian does? How many serious performers risk their well being to put on a stellar show? Julian knows why he is where he is. Because we buy his records and go to his shows. And in return, he gives it all he’s got.

24 Wilson April 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

i got chills during Ask me anything

25 Jimmy April 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Trust me if you were there you wouldn’t have doubted his voice. I was a little skeptical about his live performances on the new songs but the show removed all doubts.

26 Nolan April 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

@Lynn
YEEESSSS!!!!
Gahh! Finally someone understands it the way it is!! Its not that he doesn’t care he has literally ALWAYS forgotten lyrics or altered them thats just the way he is. DEAL WITH IT PEOPLE

@Kevin no you are not the biggest Strokes fan I will ever meet.
Julian sounded amazing!!!

@Sam your an idiot. Julian has always been the way he is. He is more passionate than any other artist I have ever read about or listened to. If you buy his solo record bonus pack youll understand he is playing all his Phrazes for the Young songs acoustically (which is awesome btw) and he’s forgetting lyrics but its still awesome cuz its real! he just plays it like it is and you can accept or GTFO!!!

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