Because the Arctic Monkeys waltzed onstage at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre Thursday night time, they had been met with such rapturous applause and overwhelming screams that when Alex Turner sat on the piano and sang, “Don’t get emotional,” it was as if he was talking on to the viewers.

Whereas the band opened the present with new single “There’d Higher Be a Mirrorball,” which got here out only a few weeks in the past, the group embraced it like an previous basic. As Turner sang the track’s title for the ultimate time, in falsetto, a large disco ball lowered from the ceiling and lit up the exuberant Kings Theatre. 

To be clear: there’s good cause for the Monkeymania. Thursday’s present marked the band’s first headlining live performance within the U.S. since 2018, and regardless that their seminal album “AM” got here out almost a decade in the past (really feel previous?), the Tumblr-era thirst for Turner remains to be very a lot alive. The viewers erupted in shouts on the frontman’s each transfer — cheering when he ditched his guitar for “Why’d You Solely Name Me When You’re Excessive?,” when he hoisted the mic stand above his head throughout “Arabella” and, after all, when he snarled between songs, “How’s everyone doing,” in a British accent thicker than the bass tone on “Crying Lightning.”

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“AM” was featured generously on this setlist, with the band taking part in six of the album’s dozen tracks. And whereas extra of the band’s early stuff may have gone a great distance (maybe “Pretend Tales of San Francisco,” “A Sure Romance” or “Fluorescent Adolescent”), what 2013 tracks did seem sound robust as ever. The band remains to be discovering methods to boost “Do I Wanna Know?,” which has clearly reached the elite tier of rock songs whose riffs alone have turn out to be stadium singalongs. “Arabella,” crammed with sultry harmonies and a dizzying guitar riff, elicited a visceral pleasure from the group, with Turner rigorously enunciating: “Arabella’s bought some interstellar-gator pores and skin boots.” He needs you to listen to his each syllable. Throughout “R U Mine?,” Turner performed out an extended pause, basking within the viewers’s anticipation earlier than launching into its explosive closing refrain: “In my thoughts, when she’s not proper there beside me / I am going loopy!”

“AM” feels just like the clear divider between the shaggy-haired Sheffield boys who electrified British festivals of the aughts and the suave, slicked-back greasers who domineered the choice growth of the 2010s. That document laid the muse for the extra mature sound mirrored within the swanky, piano-heavy crooners on “Tranquility Base Resort and On line casino” and what we’ve heard up to now of “The Automotive,” out Oct. 21. Together with “Mirrorball,” Turner and firm performed three songs from the upcoming album: the smoky “Physique Paint,” wah-pedaled “I Ain’t Fairly The place I Assume I Am” and gradual burner “Mr. Schwartz.”

“If you happen to’re considering of me / I’m most likely considering of you,” Turner warbled on “Physique Paint,” earlier than floating right into a spacey guitar breakdown. Mandated Yondr pouches meant telephones and videotaping weren’t allowed on the present (although it was professionally filmed), so followers shall be hard-pressed to seek out footage of the brand new songs on-line. Relaxation assured, they sound on par with “Tranquility Base” and lead single “Mirrorball,” buying and selling punk vitality and catchy hooks for the band’s new retro, nearly psychedelic lounge vibe. The brand new cuts are romantic and mysterious, at occasions even spooky.

Regardless of being performed at a barely slower tempo, early catalog favorites “From the Ritz to the Rubble” and “I Guess You Look Good on the Dancefloor” nonetheless blew the roof off, and “Humbug” followers will need to have been happy to listen to “Fairly Guests” and “Potion Approaching.” With an eight-piece band and extra help on guitar, synth and percussion, the earth-shaking “Brianstorm” despatched ripples by means of the Kings Theatre, and songs from “Tranquility Base” sounded much more intoxicating.

Kicking off a three-song encore with “Mr. Schwartz” and “Cornerstone,” Arctic Monkeys closed the present with fan-favorite “505.” The group bobbed up and down throughout its build-up, however when Turner shouted, “I crumble utterly while you cry,” the pit really remodeled right into a dance flooring — an enormous mirrorball glistening above.

1. “There’d Higher Be a Mirrorball”
2. “One Level Perspective”
3. “Snap Out of It”
4. “Crying Lightning”
5. “Why’d You Solely Name Me When You’re Excessive?”
6. “Arabella”
7. “Tranquility Base Resort and On line casino”
8. “The Ultracheese”
9. “Physique Paint”
10. “Brianstorm”
11. “Potion Approaching”
12. “Do I Wanna Know?”
13. “That’s The place You’re Flawed”
14. “Knee Socks”
15. “I Ain’t Fairly The place I Assume I Am”
16. “Fairly Guests”
17. “From the Ritz to the Rubble”
18. “I Guess You Look Good on the Dancefloor”
19. “R U Mine?”
20. “Mr. Schwartz”
21. “Cornerstone”
22. “505”

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