Arctic Monkeys blast through new songs at tour opener

Nottingham gets a live treat

Arctic Monkeys have completely reworked their live show for their latest UK tour – playing a three new songs for the first time.

The band played tracks from their forthcoming EP ’Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys’, due at the end of the month, as well as another unreleased track ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’, which has been played live for the last couple of months.

Newie ’Cigarette Smoker Fiona’ was also played, alongside the title track of the EP. The Monkeys opened with ’Riot Van’, another track rarely played live, and have brought fan favourite ’Mardy Bum’ back into the set having dropped it for the dates on the ShockWaves NME Awards Tour in February. The show at Nottingham’s Rock City marks the start of their first British headline tour since Monkey Mania hit in January.

“We’ve been away for a little while and we’ve seen some things. It’s been fun,” frontman Alex Turner told the crowd and he joked, “The trouble is we know too much now – everything is insincere.”

Support tonight came from longtime Monkeys associate The Reverend with his band The Makers and from Little Flames. The actor Steve Graham, who plays the titular ‘Scummy Man’ in the film inspired by the ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ video, was in the audience.

The set list ran:

‘Riot Van’

‘View From the Afternoon’

‘Cigarette Smoker Fiona’

‘Mardy Bum’

‘Still Take You Home’

‘Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?’

‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’

‘Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But’

‘Dancing Shoes’

‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’

‘When The Sun Goes Down’

‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’

‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’

‘A Certain Romance’

The band’s UK tour continues throughout the month, and visits Glasgow tomorrow night (April 14).

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