Arctic Monkeys Play 'Mardy Bum' For The First Time In Four Years At Sheffield Show
Arctic Monkeys fans were treated to a nostalgic experience in Sheffield after the band played their 2006 favourite 'Mardy Bum' for the first time in four years.
It was the band's penultimate gig of a sold-out four-night run in their hometown - long-term listeners might have anticipated a few surprises from the South Yorkshire rock'n'rollers, but this rare performance would surely have exceeded expectations.
The last time Arctic Monkeys played the song, which appeared on their 2006 debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, was during their headline set at the Leeds festival in 2014.
It proved to be a special evening - John Cooper Clarke introduced the band on stage with a reading of his 1982 poem, 'I Wanna Be Yours', which the band had turned into a song for their 2013 record, AM.
The punk poet told the audience: "It's a great honour to be here and that was my version. But it took these guys to make it go worldwide so I can't thank them enough... my favourite band."
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This wasn't the only treat the band's hometown fans got during the Sheffield run.
In a performance earlier in the week, another capacity crowd was presented with a special version of their old hit 'Fluorescent Adolescent', which Turner performed on the piano as thousands sang along at full voice.
The tongue-twisting track was the second single released from their second album, 2007's Favourite Worst Nightmare, and Turner gave the first verse an altogether different feeling with this performance, before rolling straight into 'One Point Perspective' from their latest album.
Arctic Monkeys' sixth studio album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, was released in May and received a mixed reception. The record is quite a diversion from those before, adopting a more mellow 'lounge' sound, which left a lot of lifelong fans feeling a little alienated.
The album was nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize but lost out to Wolf Alice, who bagged the coveted award for their second album, Visions of a Life.
Arctic Monkeys will perform in Dublin and Newcastle next week, before heading across the Atlantic for the US leg of their tour.
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