The Strokes and Kings Of Leon
After the gig they all went down to the Lower East Side and played pool until dawn like one big happy family!

It was clearly going to be one hell of a party – The Strokes and Kings Of Leon getting drunk backstage in New York City.

Kings Of Leon supported The Coral at the New York Irving Plaza and The Strokes, who are massive fans of the Nashville rockers, blagged their way backstage where they also met singer/songwriter Ben Kweller.

Nick Valensi, Fab Moretti and Albert Hammond Jr then took their new pals out on the town.

“The Strokes are fans and went to the show and hooked up”, a source told: “After the gig they all went down to the Lower East Side and played pool until dawn like one big happy family!” Kings Of Leon have previously been dubbed the Southern Strokes and both bands were discovered by the same A&R man. This is the first time, however, that the two bands have met.

The Strokes are now back in the studio with producer Gordon Raphael working on their second album, which they maintain will be out before the end of the year.

King Of Leon are currently on a family holiday having completed their debut album ‘Youth And Young Manhood’, released on July 7. Recording was divided between Sound City Studios, California where Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind‘ was made, and Shangri-La, former recording haunt of The Band, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

The Strokes are an American rock band formed in New York City in 1998, consisting of Julian Casablancas (lead vocals), Nick Valensi (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Nikolai Fraiture (bass) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums, percussion).

Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2000. The band is composed of brothers Caleb Followill (b. January 14, 1982, lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Nathan Followill (b. June 26, 1979, drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Jared Followill (b. November 20, 1986, bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Matthew Followill (b. September 10, 1984, lead guitar, backing vocals).

© NME 14 June 2003

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