Tuesday, October 28, 2014 / No comments

The Ballad of the Frozen Penguins-er, Arctic Monkeys Concert


If you've ever met met me in real life (or IRL for all of you youngsters), you may know that I love music and despite going through many musical phases in my life (emo, rock, folk- don't laugh. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were totally a power couple in the 1960's folk scene. Respect), the one group that my love has never wavered for has been the Arctic Monkeys.

Ever since their first album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" came out in 2006, I was hooked. I loved their brash, British cheekiness, the extremely long song titles that were so popular around that time (hello, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco!) and with every album, their musical sound grew from punkish to trippy 70's rock a la the Doors and now on their current cd "AM" (released last year and I'm still currently obsessed. Seriously, it's amazing, go buy it, you'll thank me, I'll say you're welcome, we'll be best friends, I'll be the maid of honor at your wedding, my toast will make you laugh and cry and I'm done now) is just pure rock 'n roll (or sex. It's both). 

So you might be thinking "Emily, if you love the Arctic Monkeys this much, why is this your first time seeing them in concert?" Which is a very good question, reader, not only are you curious and clever, but you're also rather good looking, and I'm not just saying that because you're reading this blog right now (ooh, the Arctic Monkeys have gotten me in a cheeky mood! It's their old school sound influencing me at the moment). So here the lowdown on how I missed out on seeing them live not once, but TWICE over the years:

The 1st Missed Opportunity: It was 2006 and both Panic! at the Disco and the Arctic Monkeys were going to be in town in the same week. I had to make a decision on which one I should see. As I was the only one in my group of friends who liked the Arctic Monkeys, we decided to see Panic! at the Disco on Wednesday. Sunday was the day that the Arctic Monkeys were playing and while I was sad I wasn't able to see them, I was looking forward to seeing Panic! BUT, as fate would have it, I got sick and couldn't even go see P!ATD. Curses! I missed out on two bands in one week and I still think of how I could have gotten to see the AM promoting their first album while they were still rather small in the States. Alas....

The 2nd Missed Opportunity: This one I blame myself more on, because I should have jumped at this chance and I didn't. Last year, October 2013, the Arctic Monkeys were playing a small gig to promote their new album "AM" and I was kind of seeing this guy at the time, and in my happy-go-lucky "a boy likes me this may actually work this time!" stupid brain I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to invite this certain man along and spread the gospel according to the Arctic Monkeys. Long story very short, it didn't work out with this guy, I waited too long to buy the tickets and they SOLD OUT. I was devastated. Purely and totally devastated. It will remain one of my biggest regrets of my life.

Until now.

When I heard the Arctic Monkeys were coming back to the Valley, I JUMPED on that and right when the presale went up, I bought two tickets, not even thinking of who would go with me, my mind in fight or flight, and utterly filled with fight and passion. No one, not me or anyone else, was going to make me miss seeing them this time. (Phew. Intense stuff, right?)

So fast forward to Saturday, October 25, 2014. I asked a friend to come with me (a fellow Arctic Monkeys fan. Not as big of a fan as I am, but then, who is?) and together, along with probably a couple of thousand other people, experienced the pure power of the Arctic Monkeys.

While the opening band, Mini Mansions, was very good, I have to say that the highlight of their set was when Alex Turner, the lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys/rock god came out and sang part of a song with them. Let's just say that everyone in the audience was sitting when Mini Mansions were playing but when Alex came out onstage- the crowd both roared and stood all at once, in perfect unison.

All I can say is that the actual concert itself, was perfection. They started out the "AM" opener "Do I Wanna Know?" and the concert just took off from there. The band was into it, the crowd was into it (judging from how many camera phones were taking pictures, videos, selfies during the concert. I only did 2 out of those 3 things, thank you very much). You couldn't have asked for a better night.



Alex Turner makes a great rockstar, full of swagger and a 1950's greaser hair style and leather jacket. It was so amazing to see him go from a cheeky British lad to full blown rock god. I was completely blown away by the band and how they sounded. Just as good, or even better, than they do on their albums.


As much as I completely loved the high energy set, I was a little disappointed that they didn't play one of my favorite Arctic Monkeys' songs, "Cornerstone." I mean, yes, it was from their 3rd album and even though it was a single it wasn't a hit, but that would have completely made my night. But, they did play some other of my favorites, like "Crying Lightning" (which I completely danced/rocked out to and mouthed the lyrics because I was trying to video it on my old iPhone 4. Terrible quality, by the way) and "I Wanna Be Yours" (which apparently is about a few hundred other girls' favorite songs too, according to all of the gasps and screams of excitement).




The concert was just as good as I thought it would be, better even. I'm so glad I finally got to see them live, especially after all of my missed opportunities. Is the whole point of this blog to never let boys get in the way of me seeing the bands I love? I think it is. Whoa. Mind-blowing. Even though I have a non-existent love life, I'll always have the Arctic Monkeys. Love you boys!

Now that I've seen them live, I think it's time to dream a little bigger. How about seeing the Arctic Monkeys in concert in England? I can't even comprehend how I'd deal with that. Maybe one day!

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My blog post's title is an ode to my mother. Apparently when I was at the concert, my mom was talking to my older sister and my mother informed her that I was currently at the "Frozen Penguins" concert. To her credit, she was kind of on the right track....

If Benedict Cumberbatch had tried to have said that, it would have sounded like "Frozen Pengwings." Bless him, he tries.

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Links to reviews of the concert with better pictures:
Arctic Monkeys- Comerica Theatre- 10/25/2014
Review: Arctic Monkeys showcase "AM" in Phoenix sellout
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