New York rock band The Strokes are kicking off a secret world tour, in a bid to recreate the buzz of excitement fans enjoyed when they first performed.

The LAST NITE hitmakers are performing at ten city venues around the globe starting this week (begs14NOV05) to promote new album FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF EARTH.

But the precise location of the gigs will be kept a secret to increase the hype surrounding their performances.

Guitarist ALBERT HAMMOND JR says, "We'll do eight new songs and leave, just like how it was with the first record, with no one knowing any of our music.

"We thought it would build some excitement."