It’s no secret to those who know me that Arctic Monkeys are my favourite band. So naturally when they announced their latest national tour I was in an extreme state of excitement and purchased my pre-sale tickets the minute they became available. After waiting the 6 long months the night finally came!! I was so pumped, as this was also my first visit to Perth’s new live music venue Perth Arena (such an original name..) This is a building that has now earned itself a great reputation around the world for it’s acoustics and seating arrangements, and I have to say it lived up to expectations!
Now, onto the music. The stage was set with a giant A M in the background, which would later be lit up. You know you’re at an Arctic Monkeys gig when you see the drum kit with 0114 spelled out in duct tape… it’s the area code you need to ring their home town of Sheffield. Being a tour to promote their latest record AM, it was only fitting that their set-list revolve around these tracks but with this in mind, I have to say I was surprised at just how many AM tracks filled their set! The crowd were responding so well, in fact every time a song from AM was played there were more phones in the way of the view, than when they played older ones. If anything, this shows that audiences are loving the latest record and I have to say they are such good songs that I didn’t even miss some of the classics they are renowned for playing.
Alex Turner is the king of cool. He has definitely developed an onstage persona for himself, and where he used to be very quiet on stage he now oozes confidence and swagger…. swagger in bucketloads!! They have much more of a ‘show’ these days, compared to the last show of theirs I saw, on the Suck It And See tour… But this is to be expected, I mean they did headline Glastonbury last year.. These days punters get a chance to see Alex Turner ‘Frontman’ as well as guitarist. On the track Arabella Alex loses the guitar and just sings and dances! Little hip wiggles and what is being referred to as ‘daggy dad dancing’ are all over this song as he strutted about the stage, until the last minute when he grabbed his guitar and ripped into that awesome guitar solo at the end of the track.
A lot of people have been giving Alex Turner flack for appearing too ‘cocky’ or ‘full of himself’ but I think it’s actually nice to see him finally come out of his shell! When you go to see a live act, you want a bit of a show.. sometimes no matter how good the music is, if the players are just keeping their heads down and playing without interacting with the audience it gets boring!! So I’m all for the dancing…even if it is daggy!
Classic tracks like I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor & Fluorescent Adolescent had the front of the crowd jumping around while No 1 Party Anthem converted the Arena into a high school snowball, by way of a giant disco ball.. it also cued the audience of 10,000 + to sway their phones, creating a really awesome atmosphere! At the very end of the show, they finished with R U Mine? Then, Alex asked “Shall we go again Perth?” and they played through the last two chorus’s again, delighting the crowd that clearly didn’t want the show to end!
It was easily my favourite gig of the year (so far) Arctic Monkeys never disappoint…
Do I Wanna Know?
Snap Out Of It
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
No. 1 Party Anthem
One For The Road
I Wanna Be Yours
R U Mine?