They will have another chance in December because The Strokes are returning for a whirlwind tour (don't even think about it: it sold out in a matter of hours on the morning of 26 September) to promote their new album.
The Strokes turn that rarest of tricks - hitching a decent pop tune to a drawl, some dirty guitar and an almost plausible counter-culture posture.
If you're trying to attract the attention of middle-class boys with A-levels (your future ABC1 men) as you attempt to wean them off anti-globalisation protests and on to the lower rungs of the property ladder, then look no further. This new album will be plundered good and proper.
The band: The Strokes
The new album: Room on fire
Release date: 20 October
The tour: 1-6 December, Glasgow Braehead Arena, Cardiff International
Arena, London Alexandra Palace