Miles Kane decided against joining Arctic Monkeys because he had ‘a hard-on to be a frontman’

Kane and Alex Turner release a new Last Shadow Puppets album in April

The Last Shadow Puppets‘ Miles Kane has explained why he never joined Arctic Monkeys.

The Last Shadow Puppets, the duo consisting of both Kane and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, recently announced details of their second album ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’, which will be released on April 1.

Following the news, the pair spoke to Q about their return, saying that the major difference from their debut [2008’s ‘The Age Of The Understatement’] is that “we’re going to be squabbling over the mic this time”.

“We’d always hoped to do it again but if we were to compose a sequel it was certain not to be for a long time,” Turner explained. “Would it be a better story if we’d been estranged? That we fell out and didn’t see each other until the summer?”

Asked whether Kane ever came close to joining Arctic Monkeys when the Sheffield band replaced former bassist Andy Nicholson in 2006, Turner replied: “Well… no. I think because that was when [Kane] just started [short-lived band] The Rascals. That was just all happening as well”.

Kane attributed his decision to never join the Monkeys as his desire to be in the lime light. He is quoted as saying: “I really wanted to be a frontman at that time. I hadn’t been a frontman. I had a hard-on for that.”

Kane added: “We’re fortunate that we are best mates and that we can even do this again and that’s enough, I guess. I don’t want to say in an ideal world we would be in a [full-time] band [together] because we both love what we do aside from this”.

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Elsewhere in the interview, Turner described how working with Kane on their first album later influenced his work with Arctic Monkeys: “I was led by him creatively down paths I suspected would arrive at different places than the ones I’d wandered in the past.”

The Last Shadow Puppets recently spoke in-depth to NME. Read the full interview.

The band also announced a UK tour for the spring this week. See those dates in full below.

Edinburgh, Usher Hall (March 26)
Paris, Olympia (March 29)
London, Hackney Empire (April 1)
Liverpool, Olympia (April 2)
Sheffield, City Hall (April 3)
Amsterdam, Paradiso (April 7)
New York, Webster Hall (April 11)
San Francisco, The Fillmore (April 17)
Los Angeles, The Theatre at Ace Hotel (April 20)

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, January 29.
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