The Last Shadow Puppets play first UK gig in seven years

They were joined by touring members from Mini Mansions and Guards

The Last Shadow Puppets kicked off their first UK tour in more than seven years last night (March 24) at Cambridge’s Corn Exchange. The duo, formed by Alex Turner and Miles Kane in 2007, have not toured the UK since October 2008.

Taking to the stage to the instrumental from ‘Black Plant’, and thunderous cheers from the crowd, the pair then opened a chatter-free, 19-song set with ‘Calm Like You’ and ‘Bad Habits’, going on to play a mix of songs from their 2008 debut, ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ and ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’, their upcoming second album, which is due out next Friday (April 1).

The duo played a total of nine new songs live for the first time to the 1,400-capacity venue, omitting two of their new album’s songs, ‘Used To Be My Girl’ and ‘She Does The Woods’, from the setlist. As part of their encore the pair also played their cover of The Beatles’ ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’, before closing with ‘Standing Next To Me’.

Alongside their string quartet, they were backed by bassist Zach Dawes and keyboardist Tyler Parkford, of LA trio Mini Mansions, and drummer Loren Humphrey of New York band Guards. Damon Albarn collaborator Jeff Wootton, who recently released his debut solo album ‘The Way The Light’, provided support. See below for fan-shot clips of the gig, and a full setlist.

The Last Shadow Puppets played:
‘Calm Like You’
‘Bad Habits’
‘The Age Of The Understatement’
‘Miracle Aligner’
‘Separate And Ever Deadly’
‘The Chamber’
‘The Element of Surprise’
‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’
‘Only The Truth’
‘Dracula Teeth’
‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’
‘The Meeting Place’
‘Sweet Dreams, TN’
‘In My Room’
‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ – Beatles cover
‘The Dream Synopsis’
‘Standing Next To Me’

The duo’s UK tour extends into April, before Turner and Kane return for additional headline dates in June and July. See their full list of remaining UK tour dates below:
Middlesbrough, Town Hall (March 25)
Edinburgh, Usher Hall (March 26)
Paris, Olympia (March 29)
Brighton, The Dome (March 30)
London, Hackney Empire (April 1)
Liverpool, Olympia (April 2)
Sheffield, City Hall (April 3)
Bristol, Lloyd’s Ampitheatre (June 24)
Manchester, Castlefield Bowl (July 10)
Bridlington, The Spa (July 12)
Bournemouth, BIC (July 13)
London, Alexandra Palace (July 15, 16)