The wait is finally over – Arctic Monkeys are back. The band played their first gig since 2014 last night at the Observatory North Park, San Diego, performing a setlist which spanned across all albums; including the upcoming sixth record – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.
Sporting his new look beard and hairstyle, it was an eagerly-anticipated, yet highly triumphant return for Alex Turner and co. Arctics are yet to have officially released any singles in the lead-up to the album, and it now looks as if fans will have to wait until the official album release on May 11 to hear any of the new material.
It hasn’t stopped the Sheffield four-piece from testing the tracks out live, however. They were even lent a helping hand from Tame Impala’s Cam Avery, who joined the band on stage to perform ‘Four out of Five’ and ‘She Looks Like Fun’.
The new album is said to be their most experimental yet, and we have been told not to expect the anthemic indie tracks we have been treated to in the past. However, with an opening duo of ‘The View From The Afternoon’ and ‘Brianstorm’, it doesn’t look like fans will be left wanting more from the live shows when the tour hits the UK later this year.
Take into account, this is Arctics’ first gig back in four years, so the setlist will be far from set in stone. By the time the ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ tour hits the UK, we may have a better idea of what to expect. Here is the setlist in full from last night – feel free to let us know your thoughts.
The View From The Afternoon
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
Do I Wanna Know
Four Out of Five (with Cameron Avery)
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
One Point Perspective
Snap Out of It
You’re So Dark
One For The Road
She Looks Like Fun (with Cameron Avery)
R U Mine?
(Setlist courtesy of setlist.fm)