Julian Casablancas @ Downtown Palace Theatre, LA 11/6/09

Scott Lapatine | November 7, 2009 - 7:46 am

The Stroke’s first solo gigs were in Japan this summer, and Monday’s Spaceland show was a last minute surprise, so while last night was JC’s 4th ever solo show, it was most stateside fans’ first shot to see his synth-pop makeover in person. With elaborate stage backdrops and light-up costumes for their encore, Julian and band played the 8-track Phrazes along with b-sides like “I’ll Try Anything Once.” (Sadly “Christmas” didn’t come early.) Perhaps the real spectacle was Fabrizio Moretti and Albert Hammond, Jr being mobbed by fans upstairs. The pair posed for pics, signed autographs, and — since they arrived separately — fans cheered when they hugged. Andrew Youssef delivers these shots, where you’ll also see openers Rainbow Arabia and Julian’s drummer’s oh-so-controversial Mets jacket. Maybe it’s his only jacket, you guys! We’ve also got the tour itinerary after the jump; NYC shows haven’t been announced yet, but we’re told those’ll happen in January.

11/06 – Los Angeles @ Downtown Palace Theatre
11/13 – Los Angeles @ Downtown Palace Theatre
11/17 – San Francisco @ The Regency Ballroom
11/20 – Los Angeles @ Downtown Palace Theatre
11/22 – Seattle @ Showbox at the Market
11/23 – Vancouver @ Commodore Ballroom
11/27 – Los Angeles @ Downtown Palace Theatre
11/30 – Copenhagen @ Vega
12/01 – Stockholm @ Gota Kallare
12/03 – Berlin @ Maria am Ostbahnof
12/05 – Amsterdam @ Paradiso
12/08 – Paris @ Le Bataclan
12/10 – University Leeds, UK @ Metropolitan
12/11 – Manchester @ Manchester Ritz
12/12 – Glasgow @ ABC
12/14 – Dublin @ The Academy
12/15 – London @ Forum
12/16 – London @ Forum