As Arctic Monkeys get ready for their anticipated seventh album The car (due 10/21 via Domino) they played their first US headlining show of 2022 last night (9/22) at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn, a beautiful and relatively intimate venue for Arctic Monkeys standards . They made the live debut of three songs from the album, including the recently released lead single “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball”, as well as “Body Paint” and “Mr. Schwartz”, and also performed “I Ain’ t Quite Where I Think I Am” from the new record. Plus, they’ve played tons of fan favorites from their entire career. Here is an excerpt from Erica Campbell 5 star review for NME:
Moments after the band took the stage to the applause of 3,000 punters, the mood was set. “Don’t get emotional, that ain’t like you / Yesterday’s still leaking through the roof”, sings Alex Turner to the delight of onlookers. It’s the band’s first time performing the song live, but the audience sings every word of “It’d Better Be a Mirroball,” hitting every note on the sultry track as if it were a worn single. As the title track echoes through the historic theater on the final chorus, a massive disco ball descends from the ceiling, transforming the Brooklyn venue with the twinkling lights of a 70s living room.
[…] The evening looks like proof of a few truths. The first being that without a cell phone, you can convince a crowd to show up for a unique experience. The second being that through their discography, the Sheffield band have slowly embodied a kind of timelessness, not just in their retro-sounding homages, but in the way each era of their music, with its unparalleled lyricism and refusal to rest on its laurels, somehow connects seamlessly to each other.
Arctic Monkeys have also announced a UK/Ireland tour, including shows with The Hives and The Mysterines:
Arctic Monkeys @ Kings Theater – Listing as of 9/22/22 (Going through)
There Better Be A Disco Ball (Live Debut)
Unique point of view
Why do you only call me when you’re high?
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Body Paint (live debut)
Do I want to know?
This is where you are wrong
I’m not quite where I think I am
From the Ritz to the rubble
I bet you look good on the dancefloor
Are you mine?
Mr. Schwartz (live debut)