The last time the touches played Chicago’s Metro in 2001. The band’s debut album “Is This It” was only a few months old, but had already released Julian Casablancas and Co. to the indie star. The current festival anthem and the main element of the Reptilia sports arena, which will take them to new heights, remained for two years.
Two decades later, Strokes returned to the site with 1,100 caps in Wrigleyville in support of a local politician Tea Collins‘congress plan. Collins is a 31-year-old progressive activist whose platform includes trade unionism, universal health care, body autonomy, gun control and climate change. (“Sorry for the Republicans in the crowd,” Casablancas moaned in the middle of the group’s set.)
Opening the evening, Collins delivered an energizing speech that touched on her major issues. “I’m running for Congress because we need a representation that cares about us,” Collins said, provoking a roar from the audience. “The congressman I’m fighting against has been my congressman since I was five.”
Collins said she met Casablancas at a home party in New York, where the two apparently got caught, and Collins persuaded the singer to give a “concert for hard-working people from the Midwest who do what it takes to choose progressives.” The concert was originally scheduled for May 30, before voter registration ended, but a case of COVID in the group delayed. Earlier, The Strokes backed progressive candidates by playing a charity show in New York for mayoral candidate Maya Wiley last year and publicly supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2020 presidential election.
When The Strokes finally took the stage – the band was nearly an hour late, which even caused a boo from the crowd – they started with “Bad Decisions”, a favorite of fans of “The New Abnormal” from 2020. The group then broke the standards of live such as “Juicebox”, “You Only Live Once” and “Someday”, as well as some rarer versions, including “Automatic Stop” and “Electricityscape”.
The band left after an electrifying release of “Reptilia” and then returned for an encore with three songs.
While fans offered ideas – “New York City Cops”, “Ode to the Mets” – Casablancas assured the audience with a laugh that the band has already chosen the songs they will play.
“Is it a good or bad time to raise Eternal Summer?” He asked rhetorically, referring to the song from 2020, which contains lyrics such as “Summer is coming, it will not go away / Summer is coming, it is here to stay” and ” They have the medicine / But they won’t let it happen. “
Beneath its shiny guitars and Casablancas falsetto, the song warns of the impending destruction of climate change. So before diving, the singer boldly offered a proposal: “Maybe there is something we can do about it… to elect non-corporate independent politicians maybe…”
The group turned the recurring joke that Chicago was called “Lincoln’s country” into an extended jam, with Casablancas improvising lyrics that questioned whether Honest Abe had ever been to the city (editor’s note: he visits often). As the guitars of Nick Valency and Albert Hammond Jr. picked up the pace, the jam seamlessly became the intro of “Last Nite,” ending the show on a high note that made the crowd jump.
The primary election of the Democratic Party for the 7th Congressional District of Illinois was held on June 28, 2022.