After releasing their second album in April, the ode to debauchery that was ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ , and going on to give us a UK and European tour; The Last Shadow Puppets is the gift that keeps on giving. Turner and Kane put on an incredible (if sometimes bizarre) show; complete with impromptu saxophone solos from Turner’s Dad, as well as covers of the Smiths and of ‘Moonage Daydream’. All performed in the kind of out there outfit choices that would make Stardust himself blush.
Alex Turner filming himself with a fan’s phone in Liverpool while ‘Calm Like You’ is played.
Johnny Marr joins Alex Tuner in Manchester to cover The Smiths’ song ‘Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’ (while Smiths drummer Mike Joyce watches from the crowd)
A characteristically energetic Alex Turner embraces the larger than life, rockstar persona of the tour.
In New York City, the bromance continues to strengthen. Turner and Kane share another one of their many, many intimate moments and cover Suicide’s ‘Ghost Rider’, The Fall’s ‘Totally Wired’ and Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’ which Turner sung from the venue balcony.
Turner’s shirt pretty much sums up the pair’s antics throughout the tour. The pair’s Pyramid Stage set was complete with erratic movements on stage and a fitting rendition of ‘Moonage Daydream’. Only in this band would Miles Kane’s pastel suit look understated next to his bandmate’s high-waisted flares.
Alex Turner bringing the swag to Radio One’s Big Weekend.
Alex Turner at Outside Lands festival. Displaying the over the top, irreverent attitude which made every show brim with energy and made the tour the success that it was.
Turner and Kane have a ‘Titanic’ moment in Webster Hall, New York.
What’s with the outfits? Who can say. But the effect was an brilliantly unforgettable tour.
An energetic Kane plays at New York’s Terminal 5, accompanied by a four-piece string section. If saxophones and Bowie covers weren’t novel enough, the string section gave the band another unique edge.
John Ashton on keyboard looks strangely inconspicuous in a tuxedo next to Kane’s blazing yellow shirt.
The Last Shadow Puppets’ performance at T In The Park has fittingly been described as “baffling”, even “bizarre”. But most importantly, “never, ever boring”.
At Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland The Last Shadow puppets treated crowds to their covers of Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’ along with ‘Totally Wired’ by The Fall. The real peak was when Turner improvised a song about Tame Impala, singing: “There’s a storm brewing/there’s a storm brewing in the form of Tame Impala/ Kevin Parker controls the weather system around here.”