Watch: Another Nikolai Fraiture Interview & The Strokes Dust Off ‘Alone Together’

by Eric Van Dril · 36 comments

After the power failed in Milan, The Strokes took requests. Alone, Together was what the Italians wanted to hear.

Niko interview and more concert footage after the jump.

“We’re in a good place.”

The power goes out during WEH and then Julian shakes some hands…

The power goes out during LISITM and Fab goes into the crowd…

Videos via TS_f.

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gabe July 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Excellent choice, Italy!

2 Ben July 13, 2011 at 4:24 pm

One of my favorites — glad it’s back.

3 Max July 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm

@Gabe excellent choice indeed! Such an underrated (live and otherwise) tune for them… along with Soma, The Way it Is, & Red Light imo.

Also, while I definitely like hearing from band members, it sometimes feels as if Nikolai (and to some extent Nick) seek too much attention/press.

4 TAW July 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

So fun to see them pull out Alone, Together…fun song with a great riff and solo. I know Nick get bagged on a lot here and I have defended him, but that’s because its so much fun to watch him play. No matter who wrote the guitar licks and solos (per comment threads a few posts ago) I really think Nick’s a great guitarist and (despite other comments about how he “sulks” around waiting for his parts) he LOOKS the part and more importantly, plays the part(s). Really well.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again (at the risk of being called out): these guys TOGETHER form the best band of my generation (and at 30 I’m probably older then several regulars on this site). But they are only as good as the proverbial weakest link and right now, watching this and several other recent shows, they have no weak link and together form one hell of a rock band.

5 Tank July 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm


6 Lisa July 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Cool! This is one of my fav songs!
Hopefuly they play it in the U.S. Tour too…I am still waiting for the announcement!

7 Tom July 14, 2011 at 12:04 am

@Max three of my favourite songs by them as well, no one really ever mentions The Way It Is when it comes to ROF tracks – I can’t really remember them playing it since FIOE was released to be honest. Shame, considering it’s a great song – and at only about 2 and a half mins could easily go in between some of the slower paced songs they have to keep the momentum going.

Alone, Together wise, if the crowd wanted it that much, I’d hope the band took that as a sign that they should keep it in the setlist. Maybe, they could just keep switching between that and Trying Your Luck – Like Max though I wouldn’t mind seeing Soma every now and again though. Red Light is my favourite song of FIOE (and one of my favourite songs overall), but the band don’t really seem too bothered to play more of that album live – it looks as if its job is sort of being done by LISITM

8 Hanan July 14, 2011 at 5:21 am

the guitars in Alone, Together never fail to melt my face off

9 Lulu July 14, 2011 at 5:27 am


Well, let me speak for my generation, a bit younger than you, in fact I’m in algebra TWO right now – I agree. Maybe I should not speak for my generation, but just for myself. Important Band.


Watching this and several other recent shows, they have no weak link and together form one hell of a rock band.


Watching without sound right now. School sucks.

10 Lulu July 14, 2011 at 5:36 am

oh, and did not flunk algebra during the year. just take boring stuff in the summer so I can take the cool, fun courses during the year and write for our school paper. i know, i am a kid dork. i know. but julian hated school, too and I think albert actually said, don’t stay in school — do drugs — buy our music.

i think it was a joke from albert, really. Writing History of The Strokes for our paper this fall. Maybe I can post it here, too.

11 Max July 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

@Tom so true about Red Light. Strongest song from FIOE. Just wish they’d play that among the few they do play from that record. And that’s an interesting point about LISITM (also one of my personal faves).

12 TAW July 14, 2011 at 11:45 am

@hanan so true, love it

@lula – I hated algebra

13 urska July 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I was there. To bad for that power outages. After second or third power outage Julian joked, that his masculinity destroyed speakers and that that just happens sometimes.

14 Deirg July 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Wow. I am speechless. Alone, Together has such a vibrancy and energy that never ceases to shine through even though it’s ten years old. This is what constantly blows my mind about this band and is also the reason why the strokes will continue to be my favorite band for the rest of my life. Regardless of their ages or the age of the songs they play, they always put everything they have into their songs as if it were the last time they were playing them. Even in the bits of NYCC that you can hear in between the niko interview you can feel the energy of the song and everyone on this site should know that that particular song has been a staple in strokes stylists for years. It’s for this reason that we should never lose hope in the strokes because, even if it seems that they may be faltering at times, they will always deliver the comeback of the century when we least expect it.

15 Sarah July 16, 2011 at 5:10 am

Deirg 🙂

Let’s take 5 min to appreciate this video and chill out :
Nick’s solo, Julian’s voice, all that smiles, all that sun…

16 Sarah July 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

Ahem, “all those smiles”, sorry for making your eyes sting reading me :

17 Lulu July 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm


Very cool. I mean so great.

” never lose hope in the strokes because, even if it seems that they may be faltering at times, they will always deliver the comeback of the century when we least expect it.”

I am learning that.

The link Sarah sent basically says it all. That’s the concert where I became a die hard Strokes fan.

18 Jj July 18, 2011 at 8:00 am

I don’t think anyone doubt that nick is a great guitarist. The thing is just that julian wrote all his great solo’s (besides angles). That just makes julian a great guitarist to. Or at least a great great songwriter

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