The Arctic Monkeys storm North America (Updated 12/12/13)
The Arctic Monkeys got used to playing big festivals and venues in the United Kingdom and Europe, but the band is doing things a little bit differently on its circuit of the United States.
No, the band hasn't replaced or cut down on its bombastic live shows. But the U.S. tour will cater to smaller crowds and club venues instead of huge stadiums and outdoor amphitheaters, giving the band the best of both worlds as it heads toward the end of 2013. But don't mistake the smaller crowds for the assumption that the band just isn't as popular in the States – because you'd be dead wrong. Many of the venues, in fact, have sold out weeks in advance.
The trek is part of the band's promotion for its latest album, "A.M.," which bowed on September 9, 2013. The tour itself, riding on the release of the single "Do I Wanna Know?" kicked off back in May at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, California. By June the guys were playing "Mad Sounds" at the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden, then covered eight more UK tour dates that culminated with a homecoming at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield.
When "A.M." dropped, it did so at the top of the UK album charts, moving 157,000 copies its first week. As a result, the Arctic Monkeys made history as the first indy band with five consecutive number 1 albums in the UK. Along with it, they also earned their third nomination for the Mercury Prize, awarded for the best album in the UK or Ireland.
Arctic Monkeys bring the 'Electricity' (Updated December 11, 2012)
Arctic Monkeys toured heavily in 2011 on their "Suck It and See" Tour. They headlined the popular Benicassim Festival in Spain along side artists like The Strokes, Arcade Fire and Primal Scream. The group continued to tear up the festival circuit when it dropped in to play Super Bock Super Rock, V Festival, Rock Werchter and T in The Park. The band also managed to squeeze in a pair of homecoming shows at the Don Valley Bowl in Sheffield, with supporting acts like Dead Sons and The Vaccines. As their popularity continued to skyrocket, they eventually played Lollapalooza.
In early 2012, the band confirmed it had recorded brand new music set for a summer release and would also return to the studio to record its next album. The single "R U Mine?" was rolled out on the Arctic Monkeys' YouTube channel on February 26, and hit the UK Singles Chart at No. 23 a week later. On April 21, it was officially released as a single, along with the track "Electricity."
Arctic Monkeys got massive exposure when they played the London Summer Olympics opening ceremony, performing "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and a cover of the Beatles' song "Come Together." The latter eventually peaked at No. 21 on the UK charts, marking the band's highest-charting single in three years.
The band will once again appear at a number of European festivals in 2013 in support of their upcoming album. Other tour dates have not yet been announced.
Arctic Monkeys Tickets - Band History
The Arctic Monkeys formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, England. The band's current lineup is Alex Turner (lead vocals and lead guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm guitar and vocals), Nick O'Maley (bass and vocals), Matt Helders (percussion and vocals). John Ashton joins the band as a touring member on keyboard, guitar and backup vocals.
Arctic Monkeys Tickets - The Music
The band's debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was released in 2006, and was the fastest-selling debut album in British music history. Not surprisingly, Arctic Monkey tickets sold quickly. the Arctic Monkeys continued to release albums, including "Favourite Worst Nightmare" in 2007, "Humbug" in 2009, and "Suck It and See" in 2011. The Arctic Monkey's biggest claim to fame is not their albums, however. The band is one of the first to gain public attention via the Internet. Arctic Monkey fan sites gained popularity, and Arctic Monkey ticketsalso became more popular.
Arctic Monkey Tickets - Controversy
Due to the nature of their fame, the Arctic Monkeys have received criticism both for their style of promotion (via the Internet) and their quick release of new music, namely their release of an album a mere three months after their debut album. Regardless, Arctic Monkey tickets continue to sell and their fan base continues to grow.
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