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The Strokes/You Am I/Har Mar Superstar - live in Chicago (Cover Artwork)

The Strokes / You Am I / Har Mar Superstar

The Strokes/You Am I/Har Mar Superstar: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2002)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: Veni_Vidiveni_vidi
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Despite the fact that their tour bus had been parked behind the venue since earlier that day, barriers were set up as the bus pulled up in front of the Aragon Ballroom doors late in the afternoon to drop off the band members. Fans waiting in line in an alley swarmed to take photos, greet them and .


Despite the fact that their tour bus had been parked behind the venue since earlier that day, barriers were set up as the bus pulled up in front of the Aragon Ballroom doors late in the afternoon to drop off the band members. Fans waiting in line in an alley swarmed to take photos, greet them and give them presents. One fan came bearing a huge painting of Nick Valensi (guitar), Albert Hammond Jr. (guitar), Nikolai Frature (bass), Fabrizio Moretti (drums), and Julian Casablancas (vocals) she had created for the five.

There were no sightings of the band members walking around outside the Aragon except for the band's drum tech, Matt Romano, with looks similar to Fabrizio Moretti, the Strokes' drummer. A small crowd gathered around him to take pictures and say hello. The show opened with Har Mar Superstar, a middle-aged man with looks resembling Ron Jeremy. Har Mar came bouncing out on stage in a red graduation gown, later unveiling his new white suit bearing his name in neon green and pink spray-paint. With a mini disk player providing his back-up, he performed an energetic sing-and-strip tease. His performance was met with enjoyment and disgust. You need to have a sense of humor to understand him. Drunken hecklers to the right of the stage hollered insults and threw up middle fingers, which Har Mar countered with witty come-backs and saliva. He ended his set in a pair of navy blue briefs, singing while doing a headstand‚?? a true performer.

Next came You Am I: rock and roll from down-under. The band is comprised of Tim Rodgers , Andy Kent (bass), and Mark Tunaley (drums). While being pretty well known in Australia, most of the crowd had never heard of them. They rocked out one song after another gaining a few more fans. They confused me, however. They played cover sounding riffs‚?? one in particular reminded me of The Hives. I wasn't sure if that was their intention... I wasn't sure of anything really. Their schizophrenic songs ranged from full-on cock rock to alt-country. The people around me stood still with arms crossed. A few checked their cell phones to see what time it was. I could see a few people dancing around in the distance though. All in all they left me scratching my head. Before The Strokes' set a giant yellow giraffe was placed in the front-right area of the stage‚?? a prize won during a go-cart competition before their performance in Boston. Girls would scream "I love you Fab!" every time Matt Romano, the drum tech, would cross the stage to tape down set lists and do a drum check.

Then came The Strokes. The crowd pushed forward, lifting me off of the floor. Smoke-drenched, sweaty bodies rubbed up against each other while a clumsy couple awkwardly tried to make out next to me during "Someday." In a muffled New York accent Julian introduced his songs. The only one I could make out was: "This next song is called 'Barely Legal.' Speaking of legal issues, paying women to have sex with me, which I often do, is illegal. It's the flesh trade, more commonly called prostitution." Casablancas is quite the charmer.

They ploughed through their album and introduced three new songs: "Meet Me In the Bathroom," "I Can't Win,"and "Ze Newie." Julian tugged on his hair, beat on his head and clutched his chest delivering soulful vocals with a glassy stare. Nick Valensi played to a frantically drumming Fab Moretti, while looking down‚?? his shaggy hair hanging above his eyes. Albert Hammond Jr. smiled with eyes shut as he strummed along with Nick‚?? he was in the thick of a flu. Nickolai Frature played his bass stiffly as he looked out at the audience through eyes squinted by the stage lights. If you're looking for a band with crazy stage antics‚?? The Strokes aren't it. Their straight forward, honest rock delivered through Casablancas' earnest lyrics and urgent vocals is what will get you.

A good show. No encore though. They don't have enough songs for that yet.

 


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Anonymous (April 14, 2005)

Brilliant show

Anonymous (October 27, 2002)

You guys are out of your fucking minds. Har Mar Superstar? Fucking kill me if I ever have to listen to that fucking useless drivel again. I've got a sense of humor, but there's nothing funny about a trainwreck.

waste_elite (October 24, 2002)

this was a very good review

nicely done

Anonymous (October 24, 2002)

As the one Australian who commented on this, I can say that I absoultely loathe The Strokes. One of the most overrated bands of the last few years...but thats just my humble opinion.

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

russell hopkinson. fuck.

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

oh yeah, you am i's drummer's name is russell hopkins and the new guitarist's name is david lane.

get your facts straight. mark hasn't been their drummer since 95 !

the biggest yai fan this side of the MISSISSIPPI

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

being one of the five you am i fans there, they were fantastic. it's a shame that the one australian who probably reads (and commented) this dislikes them, but i'm sure he likes the strokes. if anyone reads this and is interested in hearing more of them, get your hands on a copy of '#4 record' which was the last yai record released in america (since then, they've released two records down under..)

har mar was great. sean tillman is the fucking man. it's so great seeing someone who has been working hard all these years get signed! all props go out to him and his success !

i'm glad i didn't pay for that show cause watching the strokes just made me realize that the cd sounds much better. it's a pity they don't rock out, but i guess that's what looking cool is all about right?

fuck that. the strokes should have taken a tip from you am i..

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

Speaking from an Australian point of view...You Am I were good in 1996. They're terrible now. And just because its spelt "plowed" in the US, it doesnt mean "ploughed" is wrong. Center/centre, Meter/metre, etc...but "ploughed through" sounds fine to me.

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

"A good show. No encore though. They don?t have enough songs for that yet."

I think that says volumes.

a 10 for har mar.

wyzo

maverick (October 23, 2002)

Har Mar Superstar is law. You are crime.

This 5 star rating is for him.

-Scott

Anonymous (October 23, 2002)

Wow, a reviewer who knew facts about every band, and was actually informative...This one is a keeper...Nice job!

Jimi

Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

strokes.....ewwww

Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

Sounds crappy

Sara(no h)

abileneINlove (October 22, 2002)

"plowed" through.

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