On Saturday, The Strokes performed the first full-capacity indoor concert in New York City since the start of the pandemic. The set served as a fundraiser for progressive New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, and featured appearances from Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, comedian John Mulaney, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The Strokes had already backed Wiley with their very first unplugged gig on May 15. This latest fundraiser took place 10 days before early voting and took place at the newly renovated Irving Plaza. Ahead of the concert, Mulaney spoke up for Wiley, saying, “If I derail his campaign, I’m deeply sorry.” AOC joined Wiley on stage, telling the fully vaccinated crowd to come to Wiley with their friends and family and announcing that “Holy shit, New York is back!”
The Strokes performed a 16-song set, via Stereogum, including classics like “Is This It” and “Reptilia” as well as clips from The New Abnormal from 2020, which earned them their first Grammy for Best Rock Album. Blood Orange joined the rockers for “One Way Trigger” from their 2013 Comedown Machine effort. Check out the videos and the full setlist below.
Last night we hosted NYC’s FIRST in-person concert in 2021. 100% Vaccinated Crowd! 🤘🏽🎸
⚡️The Strokes + John Mulaney for @ mayawiley⚡️
Sundays are a great time to vote early. Grab a coffee, find your poll site and vote today: https://t.co/G0R7FTZb08
Text your friends and family for Maya! pic.twitter.com/0Yba8GlNqm
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 13, 2021
AOC on stage ~ #thestrokes pic.twitter.com/KP1P4mP9F1
– Angelina (@ngelinafay) June 13, 2021
A means of triggering
we only live once
Difficult to explain
Is this this
Take it or leave it
Ode to Food