The Strokes will reportedly reunite in 2019 for a global tour.
Today, The Strokes have confirmed their first headlining performance of 2019 at Bilbao BBK Live Festival in Bilbao, Spain. Marking their first confirmed performance since 2017, the festival appearance will “kick off their global comeback,” according to event organizers in a press release. The Strokes will be joined by Thom Yorke, Weezer, Brockhampton, Hot Chip, Vince Staples, and more on the festival lineup.
While the New York City rock and roll heroes haven’t released a full-length studio album since 2013’s Comedown Machine, the future of The Strokes has been somewhat uncertain. 2016 saw the band release a four-song EP, Future Present Past, and play a handful of shows and promotional gigs. In 2017, The Strokes performed a series of high-profile music festivals, including Lollapalooza Brasile, Chile, and Argentina, which brought in their biggest audience of over 90,000 to date. There were rumors of a new album in the works, but guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. debunked those theories in 2017.
Meanwhile, Julian Casablancas released a solo album, Virtue, with The Voidz earlier this year, and Albert Hammond Jr. released his fourth album to date.
With one date on the calendar and a “global comeback” to go, we’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for more music from The Strokes.