Arctic Monkeys have dominated 2014.
They were kings and they ruled the Cedar Park, Texas crowd giving them the F sharp on October 28th, 2014.
Arctic Monkeys did not disappoint.
As time crept closer to 7pm, the time for doors to open, there was a rush of anxiety and nerves throughout the crowd that never seem to let up. Being at the helm of that crowd was unnerving even though I’ve been to plenty of AM shows… That excitement and rush never stops and knowing that it was the last string of shows stateside for the AM era was bittersweet to me.
Anxiety, nerves, excitement, and a slight dose of adrenaline were pumping through my veins as I made my way to barricade with my friends, some new and some not so new. We all chose our places in general admission and were beyond ready for the magic that would soon be happening.
The lighting was set and the crowd was ready to be taken for a ride by opening band, Mini Mansions, who are friends of the Sheffield lads.
The crowd was well into the groove and beat by Mini Mansions that Alex Turner almost went unnoticed as he walked onstage for their song Vertigo, which drove the crowd into a frenzy of emotions.
There was no denying the energy in the room after this performance, the crowd was in full force and ready for Arctic Monkeys.
As soon as the lights dimmed, the screaming started. The smoke grew causing the crowd to surge forward, pressing us against the barricade which is a familiar feeling I know all too well. Then the through the dark shadows and smoke, the guys walked onto the stage as the intro music played… Then the beat dropped as Matt Helders started in the intro of Do I Wanna Know? making the room quiver and pulsate with energy and then the electrifying guitar riff of Alex Turner’s vox guitar started.
The rest of the night was high energy. Plenty of jumping, head banging, and throwing your arms in the air. The energy was coursing through everyone, especially those in the front barricade where I was.
The intensity of the room was palpable, chanting and singing along with classics like I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor as well as the new soon to be classics like Snap Out of It.
Do I Wanna Know?
Snap Out of It
Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair
All My Own Stunts
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?
No. 1 Party Anthem
One for the Road
I Wanna Be Yours
R U Mine?
The show closed with a crowd favorite, which had everyone on their feet, even those in the seating area. Arctic Monkeys’ stamina and powerful energy had the crowd going and no one wanted it to end.
The good thing is you can relieve it with me. Enjoy the closing song, R U Mine?