Arctic Monkeys played The National in Richmond, VA on February 4th 2014 as part of radio station XL102's Abominable Snow Show series. The house was packed for the sold out show, and crowd response was phenomenal.
Opening with hit single "Do I Wanna Know?" the band came out to a roaring start, with the entire audience singing along word for word. The 20 song set flowed through with hits and fan favorites off 2007's album Favourite Worst Nightmare, 2009's Humbug and underrated 2011's Suck It and See. The band did not neglect debut hit "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" and included "Dancing Shoes" and "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor."
Closing out the main set with lyrically enticing "505," the band all but had to return for an encore. Taking the stage once more to turn the floor yet again into a dance floor, Arctic Monkeys powered through "Cornerstone," a very fitting "One for the Road." After they closed out with "R U Mine?" the band left again, leaving no less than 100 delighted fans still waiting by the stage in hopes of just one more long after the house lights were up.
Arctic Monkeys are frontman Alex Turner, drummer Matt Helder, guitarist Jamie Cook and bassist Nick O'Malley. If you missed the winter tour, look for the band's return this fall, including a major show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.