Arctic Monkeys kick of US tour with 'secret' show

Alex Turner enjoys a Sunday night in Los Angeles

Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys played an aggressive, upbeat set at a 400-capacity club, The Troubadour, in Los Angeles last night (April 29).

The gig, technically "secret" but long listed on the band's web site, was sandwiched between a Coachella Festival appearance (April 27) and their US tour officially kicking off tomorrow (May 1) in San Francisco.

The Sheffield quartet started the night at 11:15pm with the B-side ’If You Found This It's Probably Too Late’, then segued into ’Brianstorm’ the first single off their second LP, "Favourite Worst Nightmare" which has just gone to the top of the UK album charts.

The set included about half the tracks on ‘Favorite Worst Nightmare’ mixed with favourites from their first LP ’Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not’, including ’I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’.

Alex Turner was droll as he surveyed the packed-in crowd for potential comedy, pretending to take a request from "The man in the flat-cap, a fine accessory," before proceeding with his planned set.

"I could do this every Sunday," Turner remarked at one point, his voice unusually relaxed and full, ready for the rigors of the national tour ahead.

While Coachella wrapped up its third and final night two hours east in the California desert, packed-in fans craned their necks to catch glimpse of Kelly Osbourne in the balcony stage left, while shouting along with Turner during the likes of ’A Certain Romance’.

The Arctic Monkeys played:

‘If You Found This It's Probably Too Late’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘Dancing Shoes’
‘From the Ritz To The Rubble’
‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’
‘Teddy Picker’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘Mardy Bum’
‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
‘This House is a Circus’
‘Old Yellow Bricks’
‘If You Were There, Beware’
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me’
‘When the Sun Goes Down’
‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’
‘A Certain Romance’

The Troubadour is famous for being the launch-pad where bands like Buffalo Springfield and Guns N' Roses learned to play live.

--By our Los Angeles staff.
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