Alt-Star Party

Well, that didn’t take long. The Walkmen, who announced an “extreme hiatus” and played a goodbye show in Philadelphia last month, will headline a concert at New Orleans’ One Eyed Jacks on 2/15. San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner and his brother Luke’s non-profit Rock On Foundation is throwing the Alt-Star Party, which will also feature Lost Bayou Ramblers and a DJ set from Vampire Weekend’s Chris Tomson. Here’s what Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser had to say about it in a press release:

We thought it might take a lifetime to get us back together–til the Alt-Star Party gave us the nod. How could we stay on the bench? We’re coming 110%. Full-court press. Man to man. Rock n Roll, Pick n Roll.

Before the big show, Leithauser will perform with some indie all-stars on Gene Clark covers tour later this month. His solo LP, one of several planned side-projects from the Walkmen, is expected in the spring.

Check out Slow Burn, Slow Fade, Ryan Leas’ lengthy behind-the-scenes feature on the band’s final days before their hiatus, here.

Comments (16)
  1. wow, could they come up with a more pathetic excuse to “reunite”?

  2. In that excerpt, Hamilton sounds like a guy that has successfully googled “Basketball”

    • “Basketball is my favorite sport
      I like the way they dribble up and down the court
      Just like I’m the King on the microphone so is Dr. J and Moses Malone
      I like Slam dunks take me to the hoop
      My favorite play is the alley oop
      I like the pick-and-roll, I like the give-and-bowser,
      Cause it’s Basketball, uh, Mister Hamilton Leithauser,”

      -Hamilton Leithauser, 2014 All Star Party

  3. Ok so if I get it right, The walkmen are playin whenever there’s some event they feel they need to participate to ?
    That’s some weird hiatus.

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  5. “want to play the alt-star party?”
    “you’ve got a nerve to be asking a favor.”
    “but you guys are so great.”
    “you’ve got a nerve to be calling my number.”
    “ok. cool.”

  6. Translation: were getting paid a whole lot of money to do this. (Which is fine… these guys have always been a mess tho. Will prolly have a new album out end if this year. Might have shot themselves in the foot and lost some cred if they keep playing shows tho)

    • Yeah, that’s what I figured. They must have been offered a lot of money to do this.

      If they have no problem playing shows together every now and then, they were probably a bit hasty to declare an “indefinite hiatus.” If anything, why not just say they’re taking a break from recording or something?

    • paid a lot of money…..its a charity event, so I doubt that. Doesn’t half the band live in New Orleans? Seems more like a nice, charitable thing to do. Also though I have no idea, I bet the 8 foot tall Hamilton probably played basketball and probably likes basketball, but again its a guess.

  7. Wow, cynical comments! Who would have guessed? I’m sure part of the allure of performing at this event for The Walkmen is the fact that it’s happening in New Orleans, not to mention it is in support of a foundation.

    So yeah, if they just pop up for shows every now and then, that would sure beat the alternative.

  8. Most anticlimactic reunion ever. Everyone made such a huge fuss over the “goodbye show” too.

  9. Here’s hoping the Red Mamba joins the guys on-stage.

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