The Strokes played the biggest gig of their career in Argentina at the weekend – and frontman Julian Casablancas took a minute to urge the people of Buenos Aries to get behind Lionel Messi.
Casablancas, who is a huge fan FC Barcelona, told the 90,000-strong crowd at the San Isidro Hippodrome: “Hey, you brought soccer into a concert. You be nice to Messi. We are here for you Messi!”
The singer was showing his support for the five-time Ballon D’or winner after he was banned for using foul and abusive language in his side’s 1-0 win over Chile, and learned of his fate just six hours before Argentina’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Boliva – where they slumped to s 2-0 defeat.
The New York five-piece were headlining the second-day at Lollapalooza. You can see the band’s set list below.
The Strokes released their Future Present Past EP last year, but have not released a full studio album since since 2013’s Comedown Machine.
The band, however, have been working on the follow-up for quite some time.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple’s Beats 1 radio last year guitarist Nick Valensi said, “I love being in [The Strokes], I love the weirdness.”
Jokingly, he added, “Donald Trump is producing [the next album]… It’s the five of us and all our issues. It’s going to be awesome music. Julian is psyched about it. He’s very moody so if you have him psyched about music it means were on the right track.”
In 2009, The Strokes’ 2001 debut album Is This It topped the 100 Greatest Albums Of The Decade list in a poll by NME magazine.
The Strokes played:
The Modern Age
Is This It
Threat of Joy
Trying Your Luck
New York City Cops
Heart in a Cage
80s Comedown Machine
Hard to Explain
You Only Live Once (At request of the crowd)
Take It or Leave It (At request of the crowd)