Arctic Monkeys give nod to Rod Stewart at Manchester’s MEN Arena

Sheffield band reference former Faces singer at biggest gig of UK and Ireland tour

Arctic Monkeys played the largest gig of their current UK and Ireland tour in Manchester last night (November 21).

The Sheffield band gave a nod to Rod Stewart during the MEN Arena show, with frontman Alex Turner singing the chorus of the former Faces man’s 1978 hit ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ during ‘Crying Lightning’.

The set, which followed a similar running order to previous dates, featured eight songs from their most recent chart-topping album ‘Humbug’.

The likes of ‘My Propeller’ and new single ‘Cornerstone’ were warmly received by the crowd and inspired huge singalongs, while set closer ‘Secret Door’ ended with a ticker tape explosion.

However, the biggest cheers were reserved for tracks from their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, such as ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘The View From The Afternoon’.

Songs from the band’s second album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, such as ‘Brianstorm’ and ‘This House Is A Circus’, were also given an airing.

The band kept chat to a minimum during the show, other than Turner thanking the crowd for turning out “on this Saturday night in Manchester“.

During the encore, the band spliced fan favourites ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ and ‘Mardy Bum’, before closing the evening with ‘505’, which saw their fifth live member and keyboardist John Ashton play guitar and leave Turner to stalk the stage.

Arctic Monkeys played:

‘Dance Little Liar’
‘This House Is A Circus’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Potion Approaching’
‘My Propeller’
‘Crying Lightning’
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘If You Were There, Beware’
‘Pretty Visitors’
‘The Jeweller’s Hands’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
‘Secret Door’
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’
‘Mardy Bum’

Support came from Eagles Of Death Metal, who played a raucous set including ‘I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)’ to an appreciative early evening crowd.

The tour moves on to Nottingham Trent FM Arena tonight (November 22), before taking in dates at Glasgow SECC (24), Belfast The Odyssey (25) and Dublin The O2 (26).