This Friday (June 10) and Saturday (June 11) Arctic Monkeys will grab Sheffield’s Don Valley by the short and curlys and engage their hometown crowd in a couple of shows that they have already described as “special”.
In the new issue of NME drummer Matt Helders says the shows will “feel a bit more special. A bit more personal.”
Which seems to fit with the general outlook of ‘Suck It And See’, namely; let’s ditch the arid landscapes of ‘Humbug’ for an open sky of anthemic indie power-pop.
They dropped a few setlist clues last month when they played Stockholm and Oslo. Four or five new tracks, including the future-stadium pleaser ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’ which seemd to fit alongside classics like ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘When The Sun Goes Down’.
So… what do you think we can expect from their show? Well, certainly there should be a busting out of some of the lesser-heard stuff from the ‘Who The Fuck Are The Arctic Monkeys?’ EP. What about ‘Despair In The Departure Lounge’? We think it would make a nice pair with newie ‘Piledriver Waltz’.
Or perhaps they’re going to hit us with a selection of covers? They’ve played us the likes of Rod McKuen’s ‘The Lovers’, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and Amy Winehouse’s ‘You Know I’m Not Good’ before. And let’s not forget their rare-as-a-Thom-Yorke-smile version of The Strokes’ ‘Take It Or Leave It’.
What do you think they should roll out to make the two shows extra special? Stick to hits or do a exhaustive career respective? Let us know what tracks would make you do air-punches if they played ‘em at the weekend.