Arctic Monkeys kick off first night of UK tour in Newcastle
The band played a 20-song set at the city's Metro Radio Arena
Supported by The Strypes, the band played to a sellout crowd, kicking off with the first single from their fifth and most recent studio album, 'AM', 'Do I Wanna Know?', before a set which mixed new tracks such as 'Why’d You Only Call Me When You're High?' with classic hits from their repertoire including 'Fluorescent Adolescent', 'Mardy Bum' and 'Dancing Shoes'.
The band rarely addressed the crowd throughout the 20-song set, although frontman Alex Turner uttered a few choice words – after 'Teddy Picker', perhaps in reference to his Elvis-inspired quiff, he commented, "Thank you, thank you very much" before dedicating 'I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor' to "all the Geordie lasses".
Returning for the encore to chants of "Arctic, Arctic, Arctic", the band reestablished themselves on stage with a slow rendition of 'Mardy Bum' and then, fittingly, 'One For The Road'. "Thanks for having us Newcastle. It’s been a pleasure. You're a wonderful bunch. Was it good for you?" Turner asked the audience before launching into 'R U Mine?' which was the final song of the evening.
Arctic Monkeys played:
'Do I Wanna Know?'
'Don't Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair'
'Snap Out Of It'
'Old Yellow Bricks'
'Why’d You Only Call Me When You're High'
'I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor'
'Do Me A Favour'
'One For The Road'
'R U Mine?'
Arctic Monkeys will continue their tour in Manchester Arena tonight (October 23) before dates at London Earls Court, Liverpool Echo Arena, Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, Birmingham LG Arena and Glasgow Hydro Arena before a homecoming show at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena.
Arctic Monkeys will play:
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (October 22)
Manchester Arena (23)
London Earls Court (25, 26)
Liverpool Echo Arena (28)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (29)
Birmingham LG Arena (31)
Glasgow Hydro Arena (November 1)
Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (2)
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