Arctic Monkeys Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver BC September 28
Published Sep 29, 2011Arctic Monkeys may have four albums under their belt, but despite their years in the spotlight, the band members still haven't lost any of their signature cheekiness. This much was obvious from the moment the lights went down at the Orpheum Theatre, and the four British lads strutted on stage with Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing" blaring over the speakers.
Singer Alex Turner was sporting a greaser-chic outfit, complete with a leather jacket and a comical pompadour, and he hyped up the crowd by striking faux-Elvis poses while his bandmates launched into the punkish "Pretty Visitors" from 2009's Humbug.
The stage set-up wasn't much -- just a few banks of lights in front of a nondescript curtain. But this didn't seem to bother the enraptured fans, who remained standing as the band shifted into a selection of material that drew heavily from the recently released Suck It and See. Turner kept his tongue planted firmly in cheek, even miming goofy lyrics about about kung-fu fighting and the "Macarena" during the slinky pop rocker "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair."
The group dipped into their back catalogue for the one-two punch of "The View from the Afternoon" and "I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor" from their 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. The latter inspired many fans to show off their pogo dance moves, while others lifted their cameras above their heads to film the proceedings -- something that will doubtless result in numerous shaky and near-unwatchable YouTube clips.
Arctic Monkeys kept the energy high right to the end, eschewing most of their slower material and finishing with the climactic "505." During the finale, many of the audience members ditched their seats and danced in the aisles. One rambunctious fan even clambered on stage as the final notes rang out and put his arm around Turner before security dragged him forcibly away. The outpouring of affection proved that, even if they have graduated to playing large theatres, these Brits can still give any venue the atmosphere of a sweaty nightclub.