Arctic Monkeys were joined onstage by actor Steve Graham tonight (April 27) as they brought their two week jaunt of the UK to a dramatic close.
Halfway through ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, Graham who plays the ‘Scummy Man’ in the film inspired by the band’s number one hit, grabbed Alex Turner‘s mic and shouted: “These boys are fucking fantastic. We’ve not had anything like this since The Clash. I’m the fucking scummy man.”
He eventually returned to the stage towards the end of the track and wrapped his arm around Turner who couldn’t help but giggle the words: “What a scummy man/Give him half a chance I’ll bet he’ll rob yer if he can.”
It was an eventful night for the Sheffield four-piece who also found their Brixton Academy show invaded by longtime Monkeys associate The Reverend and his band The Makers during ‘A Certain Romance’.
Throughout their 60 minute set, which was watched by Oasis stars Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer, the band played the title track from their newly released EP ‘Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?’, ‘Cigarette Smoker Fiona’ and the unreleased ‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’, a song which Turner assured the crowd they’d “love in a couple of months.”
As ever the Monkeys sparked mass singalongs during ‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’, ‘Mardy Bum’ and their number one hits ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ and ‘When The Sun Goes Down’.
Acknowledging that the gig was the band’s last in Britain for some time, Turner thanked the crowd at the end and added: “We’re not gonna be playing in the UK for a while cos we’ll be heading off overseas. We’ll be back for the festivals though and I hope to see you there. I won’t know if you’re there but you’ll know we’re there. It has been a pleasure.”
Arctic Monkeys played:
‘The View From The Afternoon’
‘Cigarette Smoker Fiona’
‘You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me’
‘Still Take You Home’
‘Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?’
‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’
‘Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But…’
‘Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured’
‘Leave Before The Lights Come On’
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
‘Fake Tales Of San Francisco’
‘From The Ritz To The Rubble’
‘A Certain Romance’
Additional support came from The Little Flames.
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