Arctic Monkeys start US assault

Tour dates set for spring

Arctic Monkeys have announced their biggest ever North American tour.

The band completed a short club tour of the US in October and have only released one single in the US, but now the group have already booked shows at venues including New York City’s Webster Hall, which can hold upwards of 3,000 fans.

They are also playing Queens Of The Stone Age’s favourite venue – the 1,000 capacity Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles.

“I’ve seen other bands capable of this sort of thing, but this is one of the first I’ve seen ever do it” said Jennifer Tefft, a Los Angles based promoter who booked the band last year.

She said: “The show I did – TV bookers and writers and people in publishing and film were trying to get in. People just wanted to see what the hell the buzz was about. People liked them and that just helped escalate the band quickly.”

Arctic Monkeys release their debut album ’Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ in the US on February 21, followed by an 11-date trek beginning on March 13 in San Francisco. The jaunt will see them pass through Austin, Texas for what is already shaping up to be one of the most eagerly awaited performances at the city’s annual South by Southwest music festival.

The group will wrap up the tour at Seattle’s Crocodile Café on March 29.

The Arctic Monkeys tour will call at:

San Francisco Great American Music Hall (March 13)

Los Angeles Henry Fonda Theatre (15)

Austin SXSW Showcase @ La Zona Rosa (17)

Chicago Metro (18)

Toronto Phoenix Concert Theatre (21)

Montreal La Sala Rossa (22)

Boston Paradise Rock Club (23)

New York Webster Hall (25)

Philadelphia First Unitarian Church (26)

Washington DC 9:30 Club (27)

Seattle Crocodile Café (29)

For the first review of the band’s debut album, see this week’s NME which is out now in London, and nationwide tomorrow (January 11).