Arctic Monkeys pay tribute to Jimmy Savile at London O2 Arena gig

Alex Turner references late broadcaster while introducing Last Shadow Puppets man Miles Kane

Arctic Monkeys paid tribute to Jimmy Savile during their gig at London’s O2 Arena last night (October 29).

Singer Alex Turner referenced the late broadcaster – who passed away at the age of 84 yesterday – while introducing Miles Kane onstage for his customary guest slot during an encore of ‘505’.

The frontman told the crowd:

Jimmy Savile, rest in peace. I don’t know if this was his work, but I think tonight he fixed one more thing for us – put your hands together for Miles Kane


Turner then took a swipe at his Last Shadow Puppets cohort’s red jacket by quipping: “Straight from Butlin’s.” New B-side ‘Evil Twin’ had been dedicated to the former singer in The Rascals earlier in the set.

Throughout the gig Turner referred to the venue by its former name, including telling the crowd at the top of the set: “Millennium Dome, we are the Arctic Monkeys from High Green. Are we gonna have some fun together tonight?”

The Sheffield band played a set spanning all four of their albums, kicking off with ‘Suck It And See’‘s lead single ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’.

Songs from their 2006 debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ were also given an airing, including ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and their first Number One single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’.

After sparking a huge singalong during set-closer ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, the band returned for a three-song encore, kicking off with ‘Suck It And See”s title track before moving on to a stripped-down version of fan favourite ‘Mardy Bum’ and inviting Kane onstage for his customary turn during ‘505’

Arctic Monkeys played:


‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’
‘Teddy Picker’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalala’
‘Black Treacle’
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Evil Twin’
‘Brick By Brick’
‘Dance Little Liar’
‘This House Is A Circus’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘Pretty Visitors’
‘She’s Thunderstorms’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
‘Suck It And See’
‘Mardy Bum’

Arctic Monkeys‘ UK tour continues with a second date at the O2 Arena tonight (30).

To watch a video of the band speaking to NME about the making of ‘Suck It And See’, scroll down and click below.


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