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Neither is the guitarist Nick Valensi; he's in LA with his girlfriend, the former Word presenter Amanda de Cadenet.
And neither is the bass player, Nikolai Fraiture; he's in Connecticut seeing his grandpa with his English girlfriend, Illy.
He's smoking with Matt Romano, a member of the Strokes 'family' - he runs their fanclub and stood in for the drummer, Fabrizio Moretti, when he broke his hand in a fight after a show in Glasgow in June 2001.
Fab's not around; he's in LA with his girlfriend, Drew Barrymore.