Not a bad night’s work for Arctic Monkeys, was it? Their performance at the Olympics opening ceremony was witnessed by a TV audience of 27m in the UK, hundreds of millions more worldwide (though not in the US, where NBC cut to commercials just as Arctic Monkeys came on, prompting angry fans to initiate an #NBCsucks Twitter campaign).
And they totally stole the show, music wise. Arctic Monkeys were imperious, well-drilled, looked cool as fuck (right down to Matt Helders’ Union Jack tracksuit, emblazoned with the word ‘HELDERS’) – and their cover of The Beatles’ ‘Come Together’ blew Paul McCartney himself out of the water. But not everyone was impressed, as the following tweets demonstrate.