Posted On 11 Aug 2014
One of the best album of the Arctic Monkey’s career, in my humble opinion is last year’s AM. The British rockers played an incredible show at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Thursday night. The band took the stage, bathed in purple light, with singer Alex Turner slowly swinging his hips as he tears into the opening riff to the bands latest hit song, “Do I Wanna Know?”
From the first pound of the bass drum and that seductive guitar, the ladies immediately go wild and who can blame them. The front-man Alex Turner has grown out of that awkward boy he once was and into a show-man with style, fitted suits, leather jackets and hip thrusts. The sudden influx of bras and panties hit the stage. This is the second show I’ve been to this month, (the other being The Neighbourhood) where for a brief second we thought we were at a Tom Jones concert. It was insane.
The rock quartet rifled through roughly 20 songs during a 90-minute set that heavily showcased its fifth studio album, 2013’s AM. As far as the crowd, there were plenty of sing-alongs from an audience full of fans.The Monkeys played a good mix of indie rock from all five of their albums, which didn’t veer too far from the studio versions of the songs, keeping the pace steady and the audience engaged.
“No more f*cking about!” Turner exclaimed as he and his band mates turned up the amps with Brianstorm and Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair, which had Turner crawling on his knees. They proceeded to play Fireside and Knee Socks from AM soon after.
Alex and company then decide to play “something for the girls”, aka, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor,” one of only two songs played from their 2006 debut album and one of my favorites. The end crept near and the epic encore included two more from AM, “R U Mine?” and “I Wanna Be Yours.”
Arctic Monkeys enjoy what they do and they know exactly how to rock an area too. They appeal to rock music and pop fans alike with a their great mix of sweet hooks and dancy beats.