Arctic Monkeys closed their two-night run at Finsbury Park with another career-spanning set yesterday (May 24).
Following performances from support acts Royal Blood, Miles Kane and Tame Impala, the Sheffield band kicked off their own performance at 9pm with three songs from their most recent album ‘AM’: ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, ‘Snap Out Of It’ and ‘Arabella’. The latter track was interpolated with riffs from Black Sabbath’s 1970 classic ‘War Pigs’.
As with their show on the previous night, the first older track the band played was ‘Brianstorm’, the opening song from their second album, 2007’s ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’. During the evening the band revisited tracks from each of their five records but heavily favoured songs from ‘AM’, which made up almost half the setlist.
They changed the order of a few tracks from their opening night, but the only major difference was the replacement of frontman Alex Turner’s acoustic version of ‘A Certain Romance’ with Last Shadow Puppets track ‘Standing Next To Me’. The band were joined onstage for the performance by Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets collaborator Miles Kane.
The band then closed the show with another trio of ‘AM’ tracks: ‘One For The Road’, ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ and ‘R U Mine?’ Despite storms in London earlier in the day, the weather stayed dry for the band’s hour-and-a-half-long set.
Arctic Monkeys played:
‘Do I Wanna Know?’
‘Snap Out of It’
‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’
‘No. 1 Party Anthem’
‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
‘Standing Next To Me’
‘One For The Road’
‘I Wanna Be Yours’
‘R U Mine?’
The band will play Bellahouston Park on August 19, with support from The Courteeners and Miles Kane. Tickets for the event go sale at 9am on April 25. The band are the first to be announced for the series of concerts set to take place in the city this summer. Last year saw shows from the likes of Eminem, Tinie Tempah, Avicci and Kings Of Leon.
Speaking about the show, Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts & Events has commented: “The Killers’ performance at T in the Park last year was incredible. We’re thrilled to welcome them back to Scotland as part of Glasgow Summer Sessions, especially with such brilliant special guests in Courteeners and Miles Kane. We have some more big acts and dates to announce over the next few months so once again Glasgow Summer Sessions will be one of the hottest tickets of the summer”.
Meanwhile, The Killers will also headline Tennent’s Vital 2014 on August 21 at Boucher Road Playing Fields in Belfast as well as V Festival over the weekend of August 16-17 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.
Alex Turner and Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets
The “Puppets” are essentially two core guys; Alex Turner (also of The Arctic Monkeys) on guitar and lead and harmony vocals, and Miles Kane (of the Rascals) playing guitar, lead and harmony vocals. James Ford is their producer who also does some arranging, and plays drums.
In August 2007 NME magazine reported that the “Puppets” would be recording an album with Simian Mobile Disco member and former Simian drummer James Ford producing and playing drums.
Turner and Kane had become friends when Kane’s previous band The Little Flames played support for Arctic Monkeys on their 2005 UK tour. The Little Flames also supported Arctic Monkeys on their April 2007 UK tour, when Turner and Kane wrote songs together for a collaborative project. Their collaboration extended into Arctic Monkeys material, with Kane playing guitar on “505”, the closing track of second Arctic Monkeys album Favorite Worst Nightmare and on “Fluorescent Adolescent” B-sides “The Bakery” and “Plastic Tramp.” Kane also guested on “505” and “Plastic Tramp” at several Arctic Monkeys gigs in 2007, including the summer mini-festivals at Lancashire County Cricket Club and Arctic Monkeys’ 2007 appearance at Glastonbury.
The “Puppets” played their first ever show in Brooklyn, New York at Sound Fix Records on 4 March 2008, playing a second gig at the Lower East Side’s Cake Shop the following night.
The band played a secret set at Glastonbury on 28 June 2008 with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders playing drums on “The Age of the Understatement” and Jack White of The Raconteurs and The White Stripes playing a guitar solo on “Wondrous Place.”
On 3 February 2012, Miles Kane supported Arctic Monkeys at their Paris Olympia show. At the conclusion of the support slot, Alex Turner joined Miles Kane and his band to perform Standing Next to Me.
For more info about the “Puppets”, check Wikipedia
The Age of the Understatement is the debut album by The Last Shadow Puppets. It was released on 21 April 2008 in the UK, following the release of their eponymous single in the previous week. It entered the UK Album Chart at #1 on 27 April 2008. The album was nominated for the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.