Second headlining gig goes off without a hitch....almost!
Arctic Monkeys rounded off their second headlining show at Old Trafford with another storming performance at Lancashire County Cricket Club tonight (July 29).
Although the band managed to escape the sound problems which affected their first concert, the Sheffield four-piece had to stop the gig momentarily during ‘Still Take You Home’ when the crowd surged forward.
Announcing the problem, singer Alex Turner said: “You’re not going to believe this but can you all take a step back everybody?”
After a few minutes the band were able to carry on but then had to stop briefly during ‘Dancing Shoes’ for the same reason.
Despite the minor crowd problems, their second show proved to be a triumph with much of the audience belting out the words to a host of singles from their two albums including ’Fluorescent Adolescent’, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘Brianstorm’, ‘When The Sun Goes Down’ and debut album favourite ‘Mardy Bum’.
In reference to the audience’s participation, Turner quipped: “You’re a lairy bunch you lot, lairier than yesterday apparently.”
Later, the band were forced to stop midway through ‘The View From The Afternoon’ because Turner was unable to contain his laughter when he spotted a member of the crowd dressed as the ‘Bo Selecta’ caricature of Craig David.
“That is fucking freaking me out,” Turner told the audience before he added: “Get the camera on that guy.”
As the Sheffield four-piece brought their second show to a close the band played ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ b-side ‘Plastic Tramp’ yet again before Turner took over keyboard duties for ‘505’.
Signing off with ‘A Certain Romance’ the singer added: “Thank you very much for coming. We should do this every year. We’ve had good weather, plenty of sunshine and good bands as well.”
Arctic Monkeys played:
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’
‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
‘Old Yellow Bricks’
‘You Probably Couldn’t See Me For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me’
‘This House Is A Circus’
‘D Is For Dangerous’
‘If You Were There Beware’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’
‘A Certain Romance’
Earlier Supergrass put in another energetic performance, mixing their set up from last night’s show with a rare outing for the track ‘Sitting Up Staight’ and ‘Mary’ in between new tracks ‘Diamond Hoo Ha Man’ and ‘Rough Knuckles’.
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Japanese Beatles cover band The Parrots entertained early revellers arriving on site with the likes of ‘I Feel Fine’, ‘Back In The USSR’ and ‘Taxman’.
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