On May 5, the Arctic Monkeys made their second live debut in nearly four years at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and I only cried once.
The evolution of Arctic Monkeys in California began at the KCRW studios in 2005 with debut album What Ever People Say I am, That's What I'm Not. Since then, they've released six studio length albums and have reached millions of people with their music.
My experience with the Monkeys dates back to when I was 16. I was a young and impressionable girl who was in awe of album Favourite Worst Nightmare. In 2011, I saw them perform for the very first time at the Hollywood Bowl, opening for another band. Now seven years later, they're still going strong and even have a couple of dates at their first ever headlining show at the Hollywood Bowl.
With newly released album Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, the Arctic Monkeys are touring the United States and made a stop at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The night started with song "Four Out of Five" on the new album, and transitioned into "Arabella" off of album AM. Frontman Alex Turner moved back and forth from each sides of the stage and engaged a screaming crowd.
The new album's sound is different from the prior but doesn't stray from the Arctic Monkeys evolving image. Playing new tracks, they also kept to some of the older stuff off of their lengthy discography. Though each album is a differing sound from one another, they performed the various tracks in unison. The band showed their mastery in music and altogether, perform comfortably well together. During new song "She Looks Like Fun," Cam Avery, former bassist for Tame Impala, came out to perform, making for a special moment during the show.
The 20 song setlist did not disappoint the crowd, with an encore featuring new song "One Point Perspective" and oldies "One for the Road," and "R U Mine?" The Arctic Monkeys have a North America tour this fall in promotion of Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.