At this point, it seems like fans of The Strokes will have gotten the chance to see almost the entire band on tour over the last year without seeing the actual band! While new music from the famous New York rock group remains in limbo, guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is the latest member of The Strokes to release a new album. The veteran guitarist, and equally talented frontman, is currently performing across North America as part of his 2018 concert campaign, which brought him to the familiar streets of New York City on Wednesday for a show a Brooklyn Steel.
The return of one of the city’s most beloved guitar heroes over the last two decades brought out plenty of fans for a mid-week rock party that seemed to have everyone exhausted by the end of the night. Ace Frehley’s anthemic “New York Groove” blurred over the venue’s P.A. as Hammond and his band took the stage right around 9:30 p.m. The drawing power of the 37-year-old in both Manhattan and Brooklyn might be the strongest out of all his Strokes’ bandmates, aside from Mr. Casablancas perhaps. As the lights dimmed and Ace Frehley’s vocals welcomed the band onto the stage, the warehouse venue erupted in equal levels of excitement from the audience, which also included the girls of Hinds over by the side of the stage. More on them later.
Hammond’s 15-song set was mostly pieced together with songs from his new album, Francis Trouble. Similar to his Stokes counterpart Nick Valensi, Hammond’s rock and roll accent is strong and unique enough to stand firmly on its own pedestal, rather than easily borrow some of the spotlight from his other, more famous band. Hammond and his bandmates made that loudly clear with wildly fun performances of “Far Away Truths” and “DvsL.” Maybe the most fun part about seeing Hammond perform under his own banner, is taking in all the non-stop energy that he gives off as a frontman, while occasionally picking up the guitar to beef up an already well-powered backing band.
Remember those Hinds girls mentioned earlier? They too were not shy about dancing around and enjoying the show just out of site near the stage left viewing area. Towards the end of the night, Hammond invited all four members onto the stage in hopes of reproducing the fun they’ve been having together on the road. The Spanish garage rock band were the opening act for five shows on the current tour up until this past Sunday. Everyone was having so much fun that Hinds’ Carlotta Cosials even tried her hand at the daring stagedive-into-crowd surfing trick, which seemed to work out pretty painlessly for the most part.
Hammond’s North American tour is scheduled to continue until April 12. Tickets for select remaining shows on the run are on sale now, and can be purchased by clicking here.