As the four British heartthrobs walk onto stage like they own it, which in this particular case they just so happen to do so, front man Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, bassist Nick O’Malley and drummer Matt Helders took the stage bringing the jam-packed Wiltern to its feet as they were greeted with none other than those warm and welcoming roars coming from the audience.
Starting off the night with Turner’s voice echoing through the famous Wiltern singing “Have you got color in your cheeks?” the Arctic Monkeys played the first track, Do I Wanna Know?, from their latest album, AM. They also continued to play crowd pleasing hits from their older albums from Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not to Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug, and also, Suck It and See.
For those of you “loyal” fans who missed the Arctic Monkeys trilogy performances at The Wiltern it was one you should have definitely attended! With the band having performed a 20-song set list, watching Turner’s sensual dance moves, and having Queens of the Stone Age lead singer Josh Homme (a collaborator for the new album) join in on Knee Socks it was a bit more than most could handle (including myself)!
Having AM, ranking at the number one spot in the UK, it’s no wonder the band was more than obligated to have played three shows in a row after having tickets sell out in the first 5 minutes (trust me on this one). The Arctic Monkeys quickly had their LA aficionados dancing, pushing and shoving, and even starting a bit of mosh pits to songs like Brianstorm, Dancing Shoes and of course I Bet You Look On The Dance Floor. Towards the end of the show Turner brought out his acoustic Gibson to help him, and us, sing-along as he melted our hearts while he played Cornerstone.
After reaching 17 songs, the band went on to bid the crowd farewell and walked off of stage into the dark shadows of the wings, but returned within five minutes of making the fans yell their heads off; the Arctic Monkeys for their encore performance and ended the spectacular show with One for the Road, Do Me a Favour and R U Mine?
Overall, this truly was a night to remember and the Arctic Monkeys always put on unforgettable performances, but of course, when don’t they?!
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