Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner gets live tips from Britney, Kylie, and Beyonce

having never been to an arena gig he checks out some other acts

news: Friday 6th November 2009

The Arctic Monkeys may have headlining festival experience now, but lead singer Alex turner has revealed they are a little short on arena show experience. With the band shortly about to embark on a winter arena tour Turner has revealed that he's been seeking inspiration from some big names on the touring circuit, because he is "too in the dark" about how they will be received.

In an article with the NME he reveals that, "I'd never been to a gig in an arena. But recently, knowing we've got this tour coming up, I've been trying to dip my toe into that. So I've seen Britney Spears at The O2, I saw Kylie the other week, and we went to see Beyonce in Japan - to try and see how it pans out. And so these are the only gigs in arenas I've ever been to, apart from the like WWF Wrestling when I was six, but that doesn't really count."

Seeing them perform hasn't inspired him to get the quartet to have theatrics on stage, or multiple costume changes. "There's not gonna be circus performers or bass solos," Turner said. "Beyonce had an all-girl band and one of them was doing these daft bass solos. No, there's not gonna be any horn sections."

What Turner has got from seeing the shows is that perhaps they need to be more animated, "You can't try to be all coy about it with something that big. I think to some degree you can't hold back. That's what I've learned from those three anyway. Kylie was terrific, by the way."

Turner also reveals he has taken on board criticism of their stand offish performances at Reading and Leeds Festival shows in August, and them leaving out a few crowd pleasers. "We do want people to have a good time, but people who are bang into this record... you've got to put some of that in for them folks."

He also admits that Kylie's crowd interaction is something he'll be taking on board. "Kylie took a few requests. People shouted out and then she did a cappella. That's what I'm gonna do. 'Now then, Mardy Bum'..." he said. "And she dropped into the Nick Cave one, the wild roses one. Medleys as well, that's what you've got to consider with these shows."

Clearly Turner has learnt a few important lessons for their live shows, which hopefully will be much more inspirational than their rather insipid festival headlining sets.

The Arctic Monkeys play the following dates:
Fri 13 November Echo Arena, Liverpool
Sat 14 November Sheffield Arena, Sheffield
Mon 16 November Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle upon Tyne
Wed 18 November Wembley Arena, London
Tue 17 November Wembley Arena, London
Fri 20 November National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Sat 21 November MEN Arena, Manchester
Sun 22 November Trent FM Arena, Nottingham
Tue 24 November SECC, Glasgow

Tickets for some of thse shows are still available for London, Manchester, and Birmingham. To buy tickets, click here.

article by: Scott Williams

published: 06/11/2009 12:32


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