Concert Preview: Arctic Monkeys
By Tom Roth
SDSU Open Air Theatre
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Ever since their meteoric rise to fame in 2006 following the release of their debut album, Whatever People Say That I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys have enjoyed sold-out shows and packed arenas.
That’s why it is both surprising and panic-inducing that the British indie-punks are taking time to visit San Diego’s SDSU Open Air Theatre this weekend. Coming off of a spate of big European festivals, the Monkeys have gradually been working their way towards San Diego, stopping off at notable venues such as the Hollywood Bowl and the Las Vegas Strip making their San Diego appearance with TV On The Radio a must-see music event this weekend.
Playing tracks off their fifth and newest release, Suck It and See, Arctic Monkeys promise to deliver an energetic performance the likes of which fans have come to expect. Frontman Alex Turner’s shaggy mop of hair matches his unassuming cadence which is amply supported on such tracks as “Reckless Serenade, “Black Treacle,” and the album’s title track. For longtime fans and newbies alike, the Suck It and See tour is a sure bet for quality entertainment.