Arctic Monkeys played the largest headline US show of their career to date last night (February 8) at Madison Square Garden in New York. Having already played there twice before, as support to the Black Keys in 2012, Alex Turner and co are now strangers to the 18,000 capacity venue - but this time they were the main event.
Supported by Deerhunter, Alex Turner and co took to the stage just about 9.15pm and played for an hour and a half. With a giant 'A' and 'M' made out of lights behind them, the four-piece – joined for large chunks of the evening by touring keyboardist Tom Rowley – began their set with 'Do I Wanna Know?', which recently topped the US Billboard chart, giving them their first US Number 1.
Also joining the band at points in their 20 song set was Turner's Shadow Puppets bandmate Miles Kane, who made a cameo on '505', the last song of the main set. He later returned in the group's encore, taking part in a moody cover of The Beatles' 'All My Loving', played to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Only two songs – 'Dancing Shoes' and 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' – were played from their debut album, 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'. There was however a smattering of tunes from their other records, including 'Brianstorm', 'Fluorescent Adolescent', and 'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair' - the only song from 2011's 'Suck It And See' to make an appearance.
After their Beatles cover, the Arctics finished the night with raucous renditions of 'AM' fan favourites 'One For The Road' and 'R U Mine?', bringing a spectacular end to a milestone evening in the band's career.
Setlist: 'Do I Wanna Know?', 'Brianstorm', 'Don't Sit Down...', 'Snap Out of It', 'Crying Lightning', 'Old Yellow Bricks', 'Fireside', 'Knee Socks', 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?', 'Arabella', 'Dancing Shoes', 'Pretty Visitors', 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor', 'Cornerstone', 'I Wanna Be Yours', 'Fluorescent Adolescent', '505', 'All My Loving', 'One for the Road', 'R U Mine?'.