Neither the cool temperatures or the heavy rain seemed to put a damper on the sold out crowd when Arctic Monkeys took the stage for their first headlining show at Red Rocks in Denver, Colorado.
Frontman Alex Turner traded in his usual suit jacket for a more casual leather jacket as the band came out with the heavy hitter, Do I Wanna Know?
Continuing on with AM staples such as Snap Out Of It and Arabella, they soon drove the crowd into a frenzied chaos with Brianstorm.
Turner’s every hip thrust was followed by the shrill screams of hundreds of fan girls, proving the band had certainly won over America in their own little British invasion during the year and a half they had been heavily touring here.
Arctic Monkeys moved smoothly through a setlist with songs from their most recent album AM, all of which were crowd pleasers. The older songs were peppered in between, such as My Propeller and All My Own Stunts. All My Own Stunts hadn’t been played live since 2011, the older fans were definitely cheering for that surprise.
It may have been Alex and his hips that kept the girls screaming but the killer guitar riffs from Jamie Cook and heavy drumming from Matt Helders, along with the sexy deep bass lines of Nick O’Malley kept the show on track and immersed in the music.
As the show came to end, they played 505.
Cell phones lit the sky, hands in the air in the swaying from side to side. Either filming or just being caught up in the moment, until the song sped up with “and I crumble completely when you cry.” That always sends the crowd into screaming, pogoing delight.
Leaving the stage for a short break, leaving the fans chanting ENCORE. ENCORE. ENCORE.
They walked back, shrouded in heavy fog from the stage.
Alex Turner gave a salute to the legal hobby of Denver by carrying a joint in his hand before breaking out into One For The Road, as the start of a three song encore.
Mirrored balls sent light spinning, dazzling over the crowd as the band played. The light rays looked like they had descended from heaven during slow and sexy, I Wanna Be Yours.
The crowd quickly came back to life as the show came to an end in with R U Mine?
The song ended and the band left the stage, the rain once again began to fall. It was like it knew things were over and it was ok for the fan girls to cry.