Arctic Monkeys: ‘People thought Oasis supported us!’

Alex Turner speaks about the USA touring rumour mill

Arctic Monkeys‘ frontman Alex Turner has revealed that the hype around the band was recently so pronounced in the US that North American fans believed that Oasis had supported them in the UK.

The rumours appeared after the Monkeys supported the Mancunian legends in Toronto last year.

“When we were in America recently there were loads of rumours that they had supported us in Manchester,” he said. “Everyone asked us, ‘it must have been ace having Oasis support you’”.

Turner went on to reveal what it felt like playing a support slot for the Gallagher brothers’ band. “I remember being scared and excited,” he explained. “They were really nice. We were playing ’Leave Before The Lights Go Out’ and Liam [Gallagher] was like, ‘tune!’ Overall, they are miles bigger than us.”

To read more stories from the likes of Kasabian, The Coral, The Verve and Jet about what it’s like to be on tour with Oasis, get the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands from today (Octboer 24).