Arctic Monkeys first formed back in 2002 and have been active since releasing five studio albums with ‘AM’ being the most recent.
Frontman Alex Turner however has confessed that he’d much rather play new material as opposed to the songs that first helped start their music careers.
In a way we sort of understand where Alex is coming from however for many fans it’ll be those old classics that they’ll turn up to hear mixed in with the newer songs.
Turner spoke with the Daily Star however and compared playing old material to hearing the same joke over and over again.
He said: “Sometimes it’s tough to get through one of the old ones live. You know, you don’t feel like that anymore. When you tell the same joke 600 times, you won’t hear what it is any more.”
‘AM’ is the bands most recent album and features the singles ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’.
Commercially ‘AM’ has been the Arctic Monkeys most successful album despite some fans being less than impressed by the latest offering.
However in the interview with the Daily Star the frontman expressed his relief that new songs were so popular among fans.
This for the band meant they could drop older material from their setlist. Turner also spoke about Laurence Bell, the boss of Domino – their record label.
He said: “Laurence Bell was who came to sign us in the first place. He allowed us to try different things. It’s not a situation like you hear about with a label guy in the studio saying: ‘I was looking for this or that’.”
What do you think? Do you agree? Should the Arctic Monkeys just focus on new material at their live shows? Should they get rid of older tracks or is that a bad idea?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and in the meantime why not listen to an Arctic Monkeys classic ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ which was first released in 2007.