With a back catalogue of absolute bangers to pick from the Sheffield band was hardly going to pull out a bad performance. And, they brought the goods with Turner back from illness, the band played banger after banger on the Glastonbury Pyramid stage last night.
The band had to cancel their Dublin show that was scheduled for Tuesday after Turner had been suffering from an acute case of laryngitis.
But, their return to Worthy Farm wasn’t left up in the air as Emily Eavis confirmed. Turner and the band returned with Alex in his trademark suit and shades bringing the goods kicking off with ‘Sculptures of Anything Goes’ showcasing their new style.
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The Arctic Monkeys fans complained, as they have throughout this recent tour that Turner is butchering his owner songs as he isn’t playing them the same way he did when the band first hit the scene as teenagers back in the early 00s.
Chimes of ‘You’re not from New York City, you’re from Rotherham’ and such are rife on social media, with complaints about his lack of communication from the audience also.
These same fans are complaining about the pace of Arctic Monkeys set, saying that it sent them to sleep and bored them.
On the other hand, there seemed to be fans that embraced Turner and the band’s new approach to their on-stage performances accepting it as a part of their maturing as musicians.
The last time they took the stage at Glastonbury was back in 2013 after the release of AM, their most rocky album so it’s not surprising theirs a huge difference when you listen to the band’s last two albums.
But, with a set list that includes Brianstorm, Arabelle, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’, ‘Arabella’, ‘Mardy Bum’, ‘R U Mine’, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and more – you can hardly complain.
If you want to hear them play them songs as you remember there are hundreds of videos online to fill your boots with. Instead if you’d like to be a part of history then enjoy the Mirrorball era of the Arctic Monkeys and quit complaining.
Whether you agree or not, you can catch up with their performance and more via the BBC iPlayer here.