VOGUE THEATRE, DECEMBER 1, 2013
Arctic Monkeys kicked off their first of two sold out shows in Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre on a Sunday night. The intimate room was the perfect venue and it took no time for the eagerly awaiting fans to be lost in the band’s trance.
Opening up was the Pack A.D. The ladies from Vancouver did an excellent job warming up their hometown crowd. The garage rock duo played songs from their Some Sssongs EP and previewed material from their new album that’s expected to be released early next year.
Shortly after, revealed by strobes through a thin curtain of fog, the headliners kicked off their set. They started with “Do I Wanna Know?”, the first track off their newest album, AM. From the first lyrics that left frontman Alex Turner’s mouth, the packed crowd started rocking back and forth, and never stopped. When Arctic Monkeys followed the opening song with “Brianstorm” and “Dancing Shoes” the gentle rocks turned into uncontrolled jumps and full body gesticulation.
Soon after we were introduced to the rest of the band. First up was drummer Matt Helders, and then came bass player Nick O’Malley and lastly guitarist Jamie Cook.
Through out the show the boys from Sheffield showcased the growth they’ve experienced and the range of music they’ve been able to create over their illustrious career. Playing favourites from each of their albums, Arctic Monkeys had new fans and the most hardcore of fans more than satisfied.
The quartet came back out for a three-song encore and ended a perfect night with “R U Mine?”
By Eduardo Gonzalez
Photos by Deo Cruz