Strokes fans express concern after Julian Casablancas’ TRNSMT performance

Fans of The Strokes have expressed online concerns over the well-being of frontman Julian Casablancas following his performance at Scotland’s TRNSMT festival last night (9 July).

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Fans commented on his “worrying” behavior on stage, saying they felt he needed an “intervention” claiming he appeared to be heavily intoxicated.

One fan said he fears he “just witnessed the end of The Strokes,” with “Casablancas really looking like it needed help.” The fan added that “the man looked uncomfortable”.

Some fans commented that Casablancas didn’t hide his “dislike” for the audience after saying he preferred “Barrowlands” and after referring to the audience as “Glasgow Children’s Choir”. Others also spoke about the poor sound quality of the gig and wondered if that could have been a factor in the performance.

The Strokes declined to comment NME turned to a spokesman for an answer.

Earlier this week, Casablancas responded to criticism following The Strokes’ performance at the Roskilde Festival. According to, their set started half an hour behind schedule and fans commented that it contained “a lot of unpredictable and endless banter from Casablancas”.

In a now-deleted post shared to Instagram, Casablancas responded to rumors that he was heavily intoxicated during his performance.

“I’m not on Twitter enough to know what a confused fan is thinking or pretending to know,” he wrote, “but I’m fine…as far as I know…people have been asking me weird questions.” [sic] – ahh the stupid side of social media… Lame-Os run around so hard and free.”

At the band’s show on Friday (July 8) in Lytham, many fans also commented on Casablanca’s behavior, particularly when he brought a fan on stage for an extended part of the set.

After bringing the woman onto the stage, Casablancas quipped that he’ll walk off the stage and “take a punch.” The woman then sang “Ode To The Mets” (which originally appeared on The Strokes 2020 album The New Abnormal) for every six minutes in Casablancas’ place.

The Strokes are currently touring as support for The New Abnormal. Review of their set at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, NME said Casablancas performed with “feverish energy” and his “amazing demeanor still persists.” [left] Space for an impressive musical performance,” stating that “the power of the set” was “undeniable” and that the setlist was “a celebration of the old and the new.” [band’s] Most Contagious Hits”.

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