Old fashioned rock and roll was brought to life on the 29th October as Arctic Monkeys blew the jam packed O2 arena away with a staggering performance of their new album Suck it and See, plus a few oldies thrown in for good measure. There was no relying on gimmicks, no unnecessary theatrics, just some good old fashioned rock and an Elvis haircut to match.
The band opened with their darkest song to date, ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, before quickly pumping everyone up with the memorable favourite, ‘Teddy Picker’. The night also featured other Arctic Monkeys classics such as ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ and ‘When the Sun Goes Down’, as well as crowd pleasers such as ‘View from the Afternoon’ and everyone’s head nodding favourite ‘Mardy Bum’.
Of course it wouldn’t quite be an Arctic Monkeys performance without a little stage banter to give the night an edge. The band even paid their respects to the late and great Jimmy Savile, who as we all know recently passed away.
For me, the highlight of the night was ‘Pretty Visitors’, simply because Humbug has to be their greatest album to date. It sparked a change in direction and set the band apart from those who try their best to imitate them. Now the band is firmly seated at the top of their genre and with tonight’s gig you can really see what got them there in the first place.
Bursting at the seams, the O2’s audience of 20,000 people absolutely loved the night. Whether it was a song from Suck it and See or a song from Favourite Worst Nightmare, it was evident in their faces and from each song they sang along to. This gig easily demonstrated that despite forming all the way back in 2002, the Arctic Monkeys are easily one of the greatest rock bands of today and clearly these Sheffield lads won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.