When the Arctic Monkeys come to town, it is always a great idea to grab a ticket. They are one of those rare bands that deliver consistently intense sets all while ageing like a fine wine as time goes on.
On Thursday night, lead singer Alex Turner and the rest of the English rock group took over the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC.
The show was wrought with attitude and shook each attendee awake from their Westcoast fall blues.
Alex has evolved into one of the best front people in the world. He stood at the center of the stage, the mic gripped firmly in his hand as this visceral power dripped from his being. His vocals resonated through the arena as the majority of a crowd of around seventeen thousand fans enthusiastically screamed every word with him.
This wasn’t for one song, this was through the entire set.
He elicited this level of devoted involvement from his audience. It was never asked for, they just gave it over willingly and participated in the entirety of the show.
Guitarist Jamie Cook and bassist Nick O’Malley held opposing ends of the stage. Both traversed the shadows contributing the depth and structure to each song.
Drummer Matt Helders was in the back, pounding relentlessly on his kit. Keeping the beats heavy and the rhythm on time.
It was one cohesive music making machine, convening together for near two hours on stage, serving up a bar-setting performance that other bands should be striving for.
The visuals were minimal but impactful. A lot of strobes and ominous single cone spots in an otherwise dark room. You didn’t want to look away but not because you were overwhelmed with accompanying imagery, but because it was important to take it all in. This was an experience for your soul, one you never want to forget.
By nights end the audience was sweaty and smiling. The band gave them their all and in turn, the crowd reciprocated with the same.
Arctic Monkeys are deserving of all the praise. They are one of the few large-scale rock bands left in the world. A dying breed on the verge of extinction.
They are not only making music, they are making history.
I want to thank the band for a wonderful night out.
Please come back soon, we need more of you in our lives.
Setlist Four Out of Five Arabella Do I Wanna Know? Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair Crying Lightning 505 (With “The Jam of Boston” (” Live at Apollo” on setlist) outro) Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino Cornerstone The Ultracheese Do Me a Favour One Point Perspective Snap Out of It Brianstorm Knee Socks (With “John Carpenter’s Blues Explosion” intro) Library Pictures I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor Pretty Visitors Mad Sounds