Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner says Brits pyrotechnics were 'hilarious', but not to be repeated

The band performed with a burning AM sign

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Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner says the pyrotechnics in yesterday's Brit Awards performance were there by the insistence of the organisers, not the band.

As the Sheffield group performed 'R U Mine?', giant letters spelling out album title 'AM' went up in flame, and burned for the duration of the song. Click below to see the performance.

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The band aren't known for flashy on-stage production, and Turner told NME that this would probably be a one-off. "Should people expect pyro at our shows now?" he said. "I don't think so. I'm not going to rule it out, but that was hilarious.

"[The organisers] said, do you want to perform at The Brits? And the condition was we set an AM on fire. So yeah, don't expect us to add it to our own shows. I mean, we're used to playing with fire now, you've got to understand.

Arctic Monkeys won two Brit Awards, taking home British Group and British Album.

Collecting the Best Album award, Turner told the O2 audience: "Yeah, that rock'n'roll, it seems like it's faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it."

In a press conference directly after the win, Turner said flatly: "We were really delighted to be here tonight, we had a great time. It was great to perform with our name on fire."

The band moved on to an afterparty at The Savoy hotel, where fellow guests included Noel Gallagher. Nile Rodgers and Chic performed at the party, where they were joined on stage by Kylie Minogue.

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