Alex Turner gets increasingly annoyed at talking crowd and stops gig to call for silence
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Alex Turner seemed to get pretty annoyed with some of the fans during one of the Arctic Monkeys’ shows on their ongoing world tour.
As any serious musician will tell you, it can be pretty annoying when people aren’t appreciating what you’re doing.
In fact, if you’re playing in a small venue and you can just hear some people having their own conversations whilst you’re playing your heart out, it can be saddening, annoying, and disheartening.
The Arctic Monkeys have done it all – they’ve sold millions of albums, they’ve played all around the world in huge venues, and even headlined Glastonbury twice, a feat they’ll do again later this month.
But frontman Alex Turner still wants people to be quiet and listen to what they’re doing, as shown when he seemed to get pretty annoyed at people talking during their recent show in Amsterdam.
The Monkeys played the Ziggo Dome in the capital city of the Netherlands at the beginning of May, performing for two nights.
During one of the nights, the audience – who must have paid a decent amount for the privilege of talking through their set – didn’t seem to be playing ball.
Performing a slower song, Turner even stopped at one point to shush the audience, before stopping the song altogether to ask: “What could they possibly be talking about?”
Then, in another clip, Turner – this time with his guitar – shouted ‘SILENCE!’ to the crowd.
He wasn’t done there, though.
Turner could also be seen mouthing ‘stop talking’ at one stage, before making the universal teach-style ‘stop giving it all this’ gesture with his hands.
It was clearly getting to him.
To be fair to him, this is his job - he performs live music, and those who’ve paid loads to see it deserve the best show they can have.
However, he hasn’t been immune from some of the criticism.
One person commented: “Most crowd interaction Alex has done in years," while another said: “Alex is ready to be a teacher.”
On the other hand, some people equally seemed to support his actions.
“He was so right [though], I had seated tickets and people wouldn’t stop talking sometimes,” said one.
“I was there and this makes me so mad,” another wrote.
A third commented: “In fairness to him I’ve never understood people who go to gigs and stand chatting.”
Well, either way, Alex Turner and the Arctic Monkeys shouldn’t mind too much after all they’ve got hordes of adoring fans who will hang on his every word.
It still must be a bit annoying for them though, when people can’t just listen to the music and want to have a chat about something else.