Alex Turner and Miles Kane overcome sound problems to perform to huge crowd
The Last Shadow Puppets had to restart their set at Reading Festival tonight (August 24) due to sound problems.
After coming onstage at the NME/Radio 1 Tent, the band launched straight into ‘Calm Like You’ – but sound problems meant that Alex Turner’s guitar, as well as much of the 16-piece orchestra supporting the band, couldn’t be heard for the duration of the song.
At its end, Turner asked the crowd: “Shall we do it again? Ever so sorry about that. You deserve better, you’ve been around all weekend and you’re tired, you want the full thing.”
As Miles Kane restarted the song, the orchestra and Turner kicked in at full volume – much to the crowd’s delight.
The band played a set relying heavily on their debut album, with title track ‘The Age Of The Understatement’, causing much of the crowd to surge forward towards the stage.
With little chat to the audience, Kane and Turner instead chatted to each other between the songs, although a series of crowdsurfers towards the end of the band’s set particularly impressed Kane, who acknowledged them with a beaming smile and supportive shake of his fist.
The band’s set concluded with an extended orchestra-only piece, played at the end of ‘In My Room’. While Kane once again gestured to the crowd, Turner simply faced the orchestra and clapped, before returning to the microphone to thank fans.
The Last Shadow Puppets played:
‘Calm Like You’
‘The Age Of The Understatement’
‘Only The Truth’
‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’
‘Hang The Cyst’
‘Separate And Ever Deadly’
‘I Don’t Like You Anymore’
‘The Meeting Place’
‘Standing Next To Me’
‘In My Room’
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