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The Strokes

  • The Strokes are an American rock band formed in 1998 in New York City
  • Its members are Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass guitar) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums and percussion)
  • Lead singer-songwriter Julian Casablancas, guitarist Nick Valensi, and drummer Fab Moretti started playing together while attending Dwight School in Manhattan
  • Bassist Nikolai Fraiture had been friends with Casablancas and was attending the Lycée Français de New York
  • At age 13, Casablancas was sent to Le Rosey, a boarding school in Switzerland to resolve his drinking problems and improve his academic performance
  • In Switzerland, Casablancas met guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr.
  • Later, when Hammond came to New York to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he shared an apartment with Casablancas
  • They started a band which first performed at Luna Lounge on the Lower East Side of New York, and at Manhattan's popular Mercury Lounge. Ryan Gentles, the Mercury Lounge's booker, quit his job to become the band's manager
  • On June 9, 2010, at Dingwalls London, England, the band played a secret show under the name 'Venison' to a crowd of just 487
  • This was their first live gig since October 2006


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