An Arctic blast arrived early in Sheffield last night and it doesn’t get any cooler than this, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
So ‘simmer down and pucker up’, as Alex Turner might say - the Arctic Monkeys frontman is back, singing better than ever, after a bout of laryngitis left him feeling a bit of a Mardy Bum.
Sheffield’s fab four postponed their homecoming Motorpoint Arena concert earlier this month.
But the party was back on last night as the High Green boys played themselves into the record books, in front of 13,600 people - the venue’s biggest capacity crowd ever, following a refurb.
Their return was amazing and spectacular as they played greatest hits and showcased their fifth consecutive number one album, AM.
In front of a giant pulsating A and M stage sign, as the crowd screamed a Beatlemania welcome, the Arctics walked out and cranked up the chest thumping flagship lead single, Do I Wanna Know?
“Have you got colour in your cheeks?”, sung Turner, as he teased out the alluring song’s first line. The colour is certainly back in his.
Cue sing-alongs, crowd-surfing, beer and coat throwing mosh pit madness as Sheffield fans went crazy. But yes, it looked good on the Arena dance floor.
With his rockabilly quiff, snake-hipped Turner, wearing a snazzy jacket and open neck shirt, guitar in hand, looked super cool as he delivered tender killer-phrases which make his band unique,
But this was far from a one-man show. Drummer Matt Helders, with his amazing high backing vocals, guitarists Jamie Cook and Nick O’Malley, with complimentary harmonies, are his backbone, all accomplished musicians hitting new creative heights.
The 90-minute set included 2005 anthem I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Brianstorm, Dancing Shoes, Fluorescent Adolescent, Crying Lightning, Teddy Picker, Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair, Reckless Serenade, Old Yellow Brick, Pretty Visitors, Do Me A Favour and a wonderful acoustic guitar version of Cornerstone.
New classics fitted in seamlessly, including a haunting 0ne For The Road, Black Sabbath inspired Arabella, with it’s epic guitar solo, moody Number 1 Party Anthem, galloping Fireside and infectious Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
They left after I Wanna Be Yours, as a confetti snowstorm covered fans. Thunderous applause brought them back for a groovy Snap Out Of It and a beautifully slow rendition of Mardy Bum.
“We are yours Sheffield. Sorry about the other week by the way. The question is. Are you mine Sheffield?”, said Turner, as he cued up new fan favourite finale, R U Mine.
Yes, Alex. We all are.
SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to see a slideshow of photos takes at the concert by photographer Glenn Ashley - accompanied by the AM track, courtesy of Domino Records, Do I Wanna Know?
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SET LIST: ARCTIC MONKEYS AT SHEFFIED MOTORPOINT ARENA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013:
Do I Wanna Know
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Old Yellow Bricks
One For The Road
I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Number 1 Party Anthem
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
Do Me A Favour
I Wanna Be Yours
Snap Out Of It
R U Mine?