Arctic Monkeys played two covers at their Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night (March 27), performing their first UK gig since winning the Shockwaves NME Award for Best Live Band last month.
The Sheffield four-piece played their regular homage to Nick Cave early on with former B-side ‘Red Right Hand’ before they played a down-tempo version of ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, incorporating the chorus from Patsy Cline‘s ‘Strange’ as they have done previously.
Playing songs spanning all three of their albums, the band were yet again backed by additional live member John Ashton, on piano, guitar and vocal duties as they extended their earlier hits with prog-rock guitar solos.
Opening with ‘Dance Little Liar’, the band remained largely silent between songs until half-way through the set, when Turner put on a mock radio accent and said: “Now, from ‘Whatever People Say I Am…That’s What I’m Not’, here’s the song that opens that record, ‘The View From The Afternoon’.”
Later he reprised the voice to proclaim: “We’d like to play a song from that same record, it’s a song that’s been very good to me and the boys, and we usually start it off by shouting ‘Laaaaaaaaaaaaaady!'” before launching into ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’.
The band finished the show by congratulating Teenage Cancer Trust on ten years of concerts with Turner declaring: “Here’s to another ten years, ten decades even,” before ending the set with ‘505’.
Arctic Monkeys played:
‘Dance Little Liar’
‘This House Is A Circus’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘Red Right Hand’
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘If You Were There, Beware’
‘Do Me A Favour’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
Earlier, Mystery Jets debuted a series of new songs from their forthcoming third album.
‘Dreaming’ boasted a similar synth-heavy sound to the songs on their 2008 album ‘Twenty One’ while reverb-drenched ‘Sarah’ showed a nudge towards stadium rock.
Throughout their set, bassist Kai Fish also encouraged the audience to continue supporting the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust before they closed with ‘Behind The Bunhouse’.