Watch: The Strokes’ Entire (EPIC) Set at Reading 2011

by Eric Van Dril · 40 comments

Like usual, YT user GameswithaJ is a badass. He (she?) uploaded the entire Reading webcast, which you can watch here and which might be The Strokes’ best show of the year.

(Love that they sing along to the riff)

Mmmmm Tetris.

The Jarv….

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1 SuperFan August 28, 2011 at 8:57 am

They haven’t sounded this tight for a while. What a great show! It’s so funny and cute when Julian forgets lyrics and laughs at himself. Guitar solos were fantastic- so happy to see them play like this again!!! Thanks GameswithaJ for posting this!!!

2 Mateja August 28, 2011 at 9:10 am

Thanks to the guy who posted this and to you for put it in here where i can see it. If someone have time and wants to do it, this whole vids should be ripped and uploaded like one long one. There’s currently no full concert of the strokes at youtube. I think this is a good chance!

3 mmmhmm August 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

epic show!

4 jessSF August 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

Woooow!!! they were out of line!!! super amazing!! THanks for posting this 😀 So cute Julian laughs and the drums and guitar solos were super amazing !!!

5 Adam August 28, 2011 at 9:57 am


6 wolfman August 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

is this the first time they played is this it live with the album intro?

7 lulu August 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

The Strokes are completely back. This was great.

I just want to say to JON CARAMANICA of the New York Times who wrote after the Madison Square Garden Performance, the ONLY THING IRRELEVANT HERE IS YOU, YOUR ANALYSIS (if you can call it that) AND YOUR PREDICTION.

The Strokes will be back to MSG.

April 3, 2011, from the idiot, JON CARAMANICA

“Over the weekend at Madison Square Garden they came to bury the first decade of the 2000s. On Friday night it was the Strokes, once the catalysts for multiple revivals: of New York City rock, of the more dissolute strains of late 1960s and 1970s rock, and of the idea of hype band as transgressor. One night later came LCD Soundsystem, which had been central to indie rock’s move to the dance floor, and which called to mind the sorts of bands that tried to render irrelevant the sorts of bands called to mind by the Strokes.

It was the first and almost certainly last show at the Garden for both of them.

In the case of LCD Soundsystem that’s by choice. Its frontman, James Murphy, had announced the band’s impending retirement several months ago.

For the Strokes it’s more a matter of atrophy. Most of the group’s career, it seems, has been devoted to debates over whether it remains relevant, conversations that have clouded its music and dimmed its impact. The Strokes have been off the mark for so long that their show here almost counted as a last-gasp comeback. ”

That was a great show and it now appears The Strokes are able to deliver one great show after another.

The Strokes Are Back.

8 connor pierce August 28, 2011 at 11:24 am


9 GameswithaJ August 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks guys 😀

10 Eric Van Dril August 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

@lulu — You’re really hung up on that, aren’t you?

@wolfman — That’s a really good point. I’ve never heard that intro.

@Adam — Download:

11 karinaa August 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

i love watching live streams of concerts and music festivals and feeling like your ACTUALLY there. the strokes brought so much to the stage, i could feel the energy through my computer screen.

oh..and im so glad they played automatic stop. one of my favs. but then again every song is my fav.

12 Hanan August 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

just so you know, Eric, I have copyright on the word “epic” when used in relation to The Strokes.
okaaaaaaaaay I’m going back to my homework now

13 Deirg August 28, 2011 at 4:03 pm

absloutely AMAZING! that cars cover was literally the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life and I was smiling like an idiot the whole time I was watching it! Also karina… this 11 thing us just too weid haha! Oh and I got retweeted by Nikolai today!!! So that was pretty much awesome. It helps to know every word to the double rainbow song, folks. =D

14 Lani August 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm

This was amazing! Take it or leave it was especially good

15 Sânzia Romão August 28, 2011 at 9:14 pm


16 Andres August 28, 2011 at 11:57 pm

That…was beautiful…

17 Darth Vader August 29, 2011 at 4:10 am

Wow. That was indeed their tightest show of the Summer. Automatic Stop completely blew me away. Granted its my all time favourite song but something about it harkened me back to their performance of it at Tim Festival which I think was their best rendition of it.

18 woon August 29, 2011 at 5:29 am

great show and amazing audience.

was at theleeds leg last night
and tho the set was good, could feel the band wasnt asinto it,because thecrowd was pretty dead. when did festivls become so quiet and motionless. was really let dow by the crowd

this show needs be be released as a dvd (or at least the jaris collaboration as abside)
leeds we got no in order:
is this it
modern age
last nite
hard to explain
nyc cops
alone ogether
take it or leave it

watver happened
under control


your so right

ill let them ff for being so ITI heavy this weekend since today is the 1 yr anniversay

19 woon August 29, 2011 at 5:33 am

who would have thought the ellen show would be the turning point???

20 SuperFan August 29, 2011 at 8:37 am

@wolfman, I have not heard them play the into to the ITI track live before (or recently, anyway) So cool!

21 lulu August 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

Eric, I am hung up on it. That was a great concert at MSG and they did not deserve that bashing for that concert. Particularly from someone that is supposed to be a professional.

If you read the article in its entirety you realize JON CARAMANICA has lost track of being a REPORTER and turned into a CRITIC … however, his criticism was based on IRRELEVANT issues to the music.

When a REPORTER puts himself into the story like JON CARAMANICA and attempts to elevate his position at the expense of the group he is covering based on extraneous issues to the music that is unprofessional. And maybe I am naive but I thought the New York Times was better than that.

Admittedly, some concerts that came afterwards were less than “epic” and it seems like it was Bonnaroo before they even came close to matching Madison Sqaure Garden but at the time JON CARAMANICA published the article those slow-mo concerts had not returned.

I want to be a reporter and it seems to me there is a LOT OF ROOM for good reporting in the music industry.

JON CARAMANICA is unprofessional and I am sure his editor knew less than he did about the subject matter. So yeah, I am hung up on an unprofessional reporter for the New York Times which is number one, one of the greatest newspapers left on the planet and number two, the hometown paper for The Strokes.

22 alanna August 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

i love the little riff nick has added during the “tryyyyin, tryyyyyin” part of someday. makes that song even more perfect than it already is.

23 catdood August 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

@Mateja — There’s multiple full concerts on youtube dood

24 LSA August 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Great show and great crowd!
I saw them last month at Super Bock Super Rock, in Lisbon, and they were awesome. The crowd knew all the lyrics by heart and that made it even more special 🙂

25 Kiki :) August 30, 2011 at 6:11 am

I am so happy! They are now completely back! Julian – as the legendary frontman. The one who was the mind behind the best rock album in the last 40 years. Musical genius. Albert – as the brilliant and steady rythm guitarrist with a true rock attitude. Nick – as the cool lead guitarrist. Who has the swagger of jimmy page. Fab – as the brilliant and smooth drummer! Funny and passionated on stage! And Nikolai – as the laid back bass player. Standing in the corner and looks like he’s enjoying the music they’ve created! 😀 It’s not as beautiful and youthfull as the Is This It? days… But now, more a band than ever…

26 SuperFan August 30, 2011 at 6:45 am

@Kiki :), What a happy comment! (and true)

27 lulu August 30, 2011 at 9:28 am

I am convinced that they will play in the United States, probably California and states that border Mexico on the weekends of the October 21-22 and October 28-29.

They are in Mexico the weekend before on October 15-16 and in Argentina and Sao Paolo on November 3-4. (Fab’s family from Brazil and Albert’s mother from Argentina.) They might squeeze in some other South American dates or do California, Arizona, Texas and/or Georgia.

Just my guess here. They did a row of about 16 festival dates recently. I suspect they will add six or eight more Strokes Concert dates in October and early November to the already announced South American dates then start the next album and spend the holidays with their families.

28 Olivia August 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Haha nice preformance and awsome transitions!

Whenever Julian talks in between songs I’m always tied between ” stop talking and play
more music” and ” keep talking because you say wierd and funny stuff”

29 Not Just A Pretty Dress August 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I was at the Reading festival and the last word that came to my mind at the end of the Strokes performance was epic. Just to reassure you that I’m not a random visitor of this blog, I like this band so much that I saw them twice this summer and their performance at SuperBock Super Rock was so much better…I had the impression that they didn’t even know where they were, and didn’t care about it. I have to say that the guitars were great though: I’ve never thought of Nick Valesi as a guitar hero, but he was excellent. If you want to read a reality check review of the concert, have a look at this article:

30 Kiki :) August 31, 2011 at 1:08 am

Thank you SuperFan 😉

31 Kiki :) August 31, 2011 at 1:14 am

Not just a pretty dress @ what a stupid rewiev ?? trying to be to cool LOL

32 SuperFan August 31, 2011 at 6:47 am

@Olivia, I hear you. I always want to hear him talk though. I’ve read that he thinks if he talks a lot people will be annoyed, but on the other hand, I’ve read that he feels if he talks and people cheer, it makes him more confident. You can TELL when he thinks he’s screwing up- it is so obvious. The fact of the matter is that that “I don’t give a shit, I’ll say what I want” is one of the things people love, and I think they always sound great, even if they don’t put on their best show. Ideally, venues should give them ulimited time so we can hear him talk AND hear all the music 🙂 At Reading I really liked the “All you guys on dates, I hope you all seal the deal tonight.” So funny.

33 Not Just A Pretty Dress August 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

@Kiki 🙂 – I was there and the review simply confirms my comment: they were really disappointing (especially if you compared their performance with the ones by Pulp or Muse). If you want to know how bad they were, have a look at the comments on the Reading Festival Facebook page by other people who actually attended the concert.

34 GameswithaJ September 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

BBC deleted my account again, no more vids i give up

35 Tom Wodjekowski September 2, 2011 at 5:19 am

Felt i had to post in response to Not Just a Pretty Dress’s comments…….Firstly, everyone has their own interpretation of a show and that’s cool. I’m just sorry you saw it as such a disappointment because from where i was standing (slightly left of Nikolai about 20 rows back) they sounded incredible. I’ve been a big fan for years and this was finally my first time seeing them live, so maybe i don’t have any other live experiences to compare it with but seriously i thought they were the nuts.

I was standing in pretty much the same place for Pulp’s set and in their own way were amazing too. As for Muse…….i cannot stand this band and thought it such a huge shame a “stadium band” like that keep getting booked to close fesitvals.

Jules vocals were almost perfect again and especially if you compare them to the first few months of shows they played since Angles came out. I actually thought he’d lost his voice for good. The rest of the band were as tight as a ducks arse and the collective sound was so rounded.

When Jarvis came out to do a number with them i was thinking wow this is pretty special. Then when they proceeded to play the opening chords to my favourite Cars track i couldn’t take it any longer! The actual cover vocally wasn’t great but i think it was more the vibe of the whole thing more than anything else that was so good.

Only downsides i could pick up were the fact they came out on stage about 20 minutes late which meant they didn’t play as many songs as i was hoping for, heard Nick start the opening chords for Under Control before they moved straight on to Juicebox which was a bummer. Then as they over ran the 11:30pm barrier they kept getting told they had 10 minutes left which i thought kind of pissed off some of the band members and took a bit of the sting out of the climax.

Also i think the trouble with The Strokes headlining major british festivals is Jules has never been the most engaging frontman with a crowd. Not in a bad way, some of the one liners he comes out with are hilarious but i think unless your a real Strokes fan you don’t get the feeling they’re headlining and taking control of the place.

But for me their tunes do that all by themselves. They still sound great live, their still tight, they don’t even have to try and be cool, please they just ooze coolness 24/7.

Like i said though each to their own. I thought they nailed it. Just can’t wait for the next time they come over here to play again. Sorry for the total essay….

36 Not Just A Pretty Dress September 2, 2011 at 7:22 am

@Tom – I really enjoyed your review and you are absolutely right about the fact that everyone has different interpretations of a show. I was quite close to the stage, just in front of Julian. While I loved the set list and, as I said before, guitars were great, somehow I felt that the vibe of the band was missing and Julian vocals were not that great (maybe because I don’t find funny that he misses parts of songs). To be honest when Julian, out of the blue, said that the concert was due to finish in 10 minutes the public was mad…and I think he realised that there was something wrong because you might remember that at a certain point he asked “What are you guys saying?”…Anyway, of course I want to see them again and I want to hear their best music.

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