The Strokes are hosting an in-person show this Saturday, June 12 at New York City’s Irving Plaza to support mayoral candidate Maya Wiley.
Fans who wish to attend will have to show proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to gain entry. Tickets go on sale on June 9 at 12 PM ET and can be purchased here. Customers are limited to two tickets per transaction.
The Strokes held a virtual concert to fundraise for Wiley’s campaign on May 15. The band has been vocal in supporting her run for weeks. Singer Julian Casablancas even took to Instagram to both endorse her run and promote the show.
“This feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity to help elevate an incredible person to a position of power where they can protect the public—instead of the usual—managing their exploitation,” he said.
The band’s guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. reposted the endorsement to his Instagram story.
“I cannot even begin to describe my excitement for this concert,” Wiley said in a statement. “I am so thankful to the Strokes for their support for my campaign and my vision for this city and for their commitment to making this event happen safely and successfully.”
Primaries for the 2021 New York City mayoral race take place on June 22, just ten days after this Saturday’s performance. Wiley currently sits at fifth in a poll from WNBC in New York City.
This is not the first time The Strokes have endorsed a candidate with a public concert. They previously fundraised for Bernie Sanders during his second presidential run in February 2020. The show was canceled early after a rendition of “New York City Cops” which lead to Casablancas inviting fans to dance onstage. The song was not a part of the originally planned setlist. Police officers who worked security for the event tried to keep attendees off of the stage, but they ended up even taking part in the performance themselves. Casablancas put his arm around one of the officers and sang the chorus to him.
This will be the first time The Strokes play a live in-person show since releasing their Grammy-winning record The New Abnormal in April 2020. The album was their first full-length LP since 2013’s Comedown Machine. It peaked at number eight on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.
Stream The New Abnormal here.
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