Belfast Telegraph

Arctic Monkeys defend 'same' shows

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has hit back at claims his band play the same show every night on tour.

The Orwells, who were their support band, gave an interview to Gigwise in which guitarist Matt O'Keefe and singer Mario Cuomo criticised their approach to performing, but Alex has now told that the comments were unfair.

Matt had said: "When you're playing arenas and everything, it's a huge production then the show has to become synchronised to work. Because you have all these people relying on these songs and this you're going to do here.

"So every night no matter how he was feeling he'd go into that opening riff. It was the exact same ad-libs he was putting between the songs. So we were with them for about 50 dates, you saw them once and you'd pretty much seen every date that they'd played."

Mario added: "You can reach that level without turning into that. Like Nirvana played bigger s*** than that and I'm sure it wasn't like that and it's probably a different show every night.

"You don't have to take that route, you can get that level of success with those size venues, that sort of thing but still treat it as a spontaneous show at a small club.

"So it all just depends on the band, what they're going for and what they feel comfortable with. Like I would feel super uncomfortable if I knew what I was going to say in between songs."

But Alex hit back: "They should have been out trying to get laid instead of watching us every night.

"I don't think that's fair (to call it synchronised). There comes a time on a tour when something works and you tend to leave it alone. We have been changing it around a little bit. You can't mess around with it too much. It's almost like the show isn't designed to be watched by the same person every night.

"Nowadays people share the setlists, but I'm by no means f***ing phoning it in. It's not like we have (pre-recorded) tracks we're up there f***ing doing it."


From Belfast Telegraph