Outside Lands headliners The Strokes werent let into a San Francisco restaurant because of vaccine card rules – SFGate

The first day of Outside Lands has come to a close. The weather, which pivoted from sunny to foggy in a matter of minutes, kept festival-goers on their toes and likely made for a cold night for some costumed attendees. But the overall atmosphere was revelrous and celebratory, with some longtime Outside Lands fans brought to tears.

One of the toughest choices in the festival line-up was Friday night’s headlining spot. Given the distance between stages, it was nearly impossible to split the difference and catch a few minutes each of The Strokes, Kaytranada or Tyler, The Creator. Those who choose Tyler were treated to a hurricane of a performance complete with explosive fireworks and a speed boat on stage that rocked on hydraulics.

The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. plays during the band's headlining set on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. plays during the band’s headlining set on the Lands End stage at Outside Lands, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

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The Strokes played the main Lands End stage at 8:25 p.m. and it was a rocky set from the start. During their opening song, “The End Has No End,” singer Julian Casablancas interrupted his lyrics mid-song to ask whether the microphone was actually turned on. He continued to comment on the lack of volume throughout the set, with the crowd roaring in agreement when he asked if the volume was “crazy low.”

After sprinting through “Someday” off their 2001 LP “Is This It,” Casablancas once again questioned the sound.

“I mean, our sound guy Gus is notorious for damaging eardrums. So I’m sure it’s the law, or the festival, or some San Francisco law bulls—t. I didn’t get let into a restaurant today, I have a vaccine card and they were like, you need both, I guess, I don’t know. San Francisco, love it,” Casablancas said with a deadpan sneer. “If we could have ten minutes of silence please, for the inequality. Just kidding. YOYO!”

The band then started playing their song “You Only Live Once.”


In another funny moment of crowd interaction, a baby doll was thrown on stage. Casablancas didn’t manage to catch it, but picked it up off the ground and passed it to drummer Fabrizio Moretti, who affixed it to the top of his cymbal stand. 

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