Arctic Monkeys gives Perth the Star Treatment after five-year wait
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Arctic Monkeys gives Perth the Star Treatment after five-year wait

After 17 years of rocking and rolling and five years since their last Perth visit, expectations were high when Arctic Monkeys announced they’d be stopping off at RAC Arena as a part of their latest Australian tour.

Mini Mansions.

Mini Mansions.

It’s fair to say in choosing Mini Mansions as their supporting act, they had set their own bar fairly high.

The LA group started the night with classics Freak Out! and Creeps. With guitarists donned in pink and blue suits they were successful in getting the crowd moving with the debut of their new single Gummy Bear.

It was the single’s first outing in front of a live audience and the Perth crowd lapped it up.

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Followed by Midnight In Tokyo and Vertigo – a track Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner happens to feature on – the Perth audience were raring to go when the main event walked on stage.

It was immediate some things had changed with the band off the bat – there was no slicked back hair in sight, and the only leather jacket was on Turner himself.

In fact, they probably didn’t even have a single comb between them – a style reminiscent of their days of broken wrists and messy hair.

And while their look had changed, their sound evidently had not.

They needed no introduction: they took off into Brianstorm without further ado. Drummer Matt Helders was so intense he broke a drumstick.

“Ladies and gentleman, we are the Arctic Monkeys,” Turner said – almost drowned out by the enthusiasm of the Perth crowd roaring back at him.

The band eased into some of their new and old tracks, with Snap Out of It, crowd favourite Teddy Picker and Crying Lightning all capturing the audience from the outset.

The highlight was during a memorable performance of new offering One Point Perspective, as a circular light fixture descended from the ceiling.

The band rip-roared through Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High, 505, Do Me a Favour, Knee Socks, Jam of Boston, and of course, I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor.

No greased hair in sight: it was one of their first stops on their Australian tour.

No greased hair in sight: it was one of their first stops on their Australian tour.Credit:Zackery Michael

As the lights dimmed indicating the night was wrapping up, there was an air of suspense and expectation, and the crowd wasn’t disappointed.

“Star treatment for you Perth, it’s what you deserve,” Turner drawled.

“It’s what you deserve, baby.”

They launched into Star Treatment, and one of the best performances of Arabella to date.

Then, just as crowd realised it was about time and this was it, Turner left us with a question: R U Mine?

And as the crowd lifted to its feet to farewell one of the UK’s favourite bands from Perth for hopefully not another five years, the answer was a definite yes.

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