Arctic Monkeys In Yorkshire
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Yorkshire's' finest arrived in Manchester for two sell out gigs and if tonight's form is anything to go by, when they arrive in their hometown of Sheffield on the rest of the tour it could possibly be the best gig Sheffield has seen this year.
Never a band to stand still, always evolving and changing with each album this ethos seems to go with the image of the group. Lead singer Alex Turner now appears with a nearly shaven head and dressed in a cream suit with the rest of the band looking like they have taken a few style tips off American bands such as Kings of Leon.
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Turner lets the music do the talking, the chit chat between the songs is kept to a minimum. He might not live anymore in Sheffield but he has not lost his Yorkshire accent.
With 6 albums worth of material to choose from, the set list consisted of the best of their career to date with the last album Tranquility Base Hotel Casino is featured heavily: the album is not as guitar focused as previous albums which sees Turner at his piano for some of the tracks performed during the gig.
From opening number Four out of Five it appears the band are back in force though when Turner was at his piano it seemed like the spotlight was more on him rather than the rest of the band.
Science Fiction another track off the new album is debuted and sounds fine in a live setting.
He plays to all sides of the stage and takes turns to sing not just to those on the main floor but also to those seated on the side wings too.
As the guitar riff starts to Do I Wanna Know? the fans greet the track like a long lost friend, whilst set closer I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor goes back to the start of their career. It would be so easy to play more tracks off their debut album but the band are a different act since 2006.
As they encore with Arabella and R U Mine? it left the fans remembering tracks that have aged well and ones that are classics in their set.
If you have a ticket for the Sheffield gigs consider yourself very fortunate - a flawless show awaits you.
Sheffield Arena 18, 19, 21, 22 September 2018
Arctic Monkeys In Yorkshire, 8th September 2018, 11:36 AM