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"Ok, so in talking about the show with some old Strokes fan friends, people have express surprise at the fact that I enjoyed the show so much because...well, it's just not the same without all the other Strokes. To that point I say this: No, it's not The Strokes, but in my opinion, Julian is pretty much one of the best things about the band in the first place, so going to see a Julian Casablancas show is kinda like a Strokes show, but without all the other distractions.As I was saying (and the videos previously proved), Julian Casablancas headlined his first of two nights in a row at Terminal 5 last night (1/14). He, and his two openers (Brooklyn's Tanlines & Telepathe), do it again tonight (1/15). More pictures and the setlist from last night, below...
That said, Julian's music is much different than the regular Strokes fare. I like to think his solo work is more pop-based, and a little bit more carefree than Strokes songs. I also think his lyrics are more playful, the song structure more complicated and interesting, and the imagery more vivid. Perhaps that's more of a reflection of his maturation as a songwriter than anything else, but any way you slice it, the solo stuff is great and you should be so lucky to see him perform it live.
The show last night wasn't as elaborate as the ones he did in his LA residency (you know, the one that he felt were a fiasco) which included set pieces, costume changes, and an intermission, but it was polished, smooth, and successful. He truly seemed like he was having fun, and the crowd was enjoying it.
He seemed relaxed and at ease with himself and the songs -- a very different energy than the one I remember when he plays with The Strokes. At Strokes shows, so much of the show is propelled by each of the band member's energy bouncing off and pushing one another forward. At a Julian Casablancas show it seems much more like Julian is puttering along, guiding his backup band, and the pace of the show with the slow and steady push of his own internal performance propeller." [The Modern Age]
Julian Casablancas - Terminal 5 setlist
1. Ludlow St.
2. River of Brakelights
3. 11th Dimension
4. 30 Minute Boyfriend
5. Out of the Blue
6. new song
8. Left & Right in the Dark
9. I'll Try Anything Once (The Strokes cover)
10. 4 Chords of the Apocalypse