• The White Stripes, The Strokes join shows

    Mag 27 2008, 10:13

    In August 2002 The White Stripes and The Strokes played four highly anticipated shows together – at Clutch Cargo's in the Detroit, Detroit's Chene Park, Irving Plaza in New York and New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

    The groups have been friends since meeting in England last year. Jack White tells LAUNCH that The Strokes actually pitched the idea of the joint concerts. "It was their idea," he says. "They wanted to do it. They thought it would be cool to do 'cause we're fans of each other's bands. We just tried to play in their hometown and play in our hometown and not try to exploit it too much, you know?"

    Meg and Jack White at New York’s Radio City Music Hall

    On 8th August at Clutch Cargo’s, where The White Stripes and The Strokes played the first show concert all was sweetness, light and loud.

    "I hope you guys are as excited as we are," Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas said during his band's set, which he ended with the comment, "Stay tuned for an awesome fucking band -the White Stripes!"

    The latter's Jack kept his sentiments simple, too. "One thing - God bless the Strokes," he said as he and drummer Meg White returned for their encore, with Casablancas watching from the wings.

    White underscored the evening's theme with his performance of "We're Going To Be Friends," which he sang as "we all wanna be friends."

    The Strokes and Jack White played together

    Next show concerts were at Irving Plaza in The Strokes’ home base of New York City (August 14) and at Radio City Music Hall (August 15), where Jack joined the Strokes on stage to perform the guitar solo on "New York City Cops".

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