The Strokes were hailed and hyped when they broke out in 01. I don’t know how much of an impact they’ve had on culture, but I don’t think it has trickeled down to where I see Strokes influenced kids playing on flatbed trucks in Barrington. It’s only a matter of time before this starts happening, because the Strokes were great on Friday. Their long overdue 2nd album isn’t out until next month, but my chemically influenced review gives the new material two thumbs up. By “chemically influenced”, I mean my thoughts were sponsored by Yuengling and by “two thumbs up” I mean my $12.99 + tax will be paid in full when it comes out. They told everyone ahead of time there wasn’t going to be an encore and they were telling the truth. Rehearsed encores are lame and I’m glad to see some bands refusing to do them. If you need a break, take a break. Don’t pretend you’re done and then come back out unless the people are seriously about to tear the place apart unless you do.
The Tower Theatre is a cool place for a show, but we were seated underneath the balcony and I think that may have affected the sound quality. It still sounded good, though.
The Kings of Leon filled the opening slot and disappointed. I heard good things about them, but I couldn’t get into their repetitive songs. With all their unironic odes to 70s rock somehow they forgot about rocking.