Setlist Playlist: Arctic Monkeys Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino

Alex Turner has traded in his signature leather jacket for a blazer, and that's not even the weirdest part of the Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino tour.
The Arctic Monkeys have been on the road in support of their latest release, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, and with the new album comes a completely new sound.
The album brushes on consumerism, hyper-reality and accelerating technology seen through the lens of unreliable narrators, whose hallucinatory tendencies make it hard to differentiate between fiction and reality. It takes place in the frighteningly foreseeable future, where the moon has been colonized and turned into a luxury resort.
Unlike the band's previous work, (that, too, often contains a psychadelic feel)Tranquility has a full-blown sci-fi element to it. Picture indie-rock Stanley Kubrick.
We've created a playlist that mirrors the Arctic Monkey's most recent setlists on this tour. If you're going to see one of the shows while you still have the chance, you'd better buckle up. We're about to blast off.
Setlist Playlist: Arctic Monkeys – By Spotify
Turner tells fans he wants to take them "back to the '80s," and the show certainly feels like a blast to the past with a vintage set up and lights.
With six full-length albums under their belts, this show serves as a collection of greatest hits. The band intertwines some of their earliest hits with fresh sounds off of Tranquility, but the sets do change a little bit here and there each night.
Here's a sneak peak about what you can expect.
"Four Out of Five"
The band opens with Tranquility's "Four Out of Five," and Turner sets the mood blowing the audience a kiss, crooning
"The only time we stop laughing is to breathe or steal a kiss."
Drummer Matt Helders closes out this cocktail-loungey intro with a killer drum solo.
The Monkeys dig deep in their archives to perform Humbug's "Crying Lightning" and Favourite Worst Nightmare's "Brianstorm."
"Teddy Picker"
Staying on the Favourite Worst Nightmare path, the band jumps into fan favorite, "Teddy Picker." This 2007 track serves as a forewarning to fans in a be-careful-what-you-wish-for kind of way.
"They told you, but you were dying for it."
A fan captured the live performance at a show in London the other day:
Arctic Monkeys "Teddy Picker" (London)
The Arctic Monkeys play a few more oldies with Suck It and See's "Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair" and Favourite Worst Nightmare's "505" before introducing some newer material.
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
The album's title track explores the "casino" for the first time with conceptual and political imagery and intruduces some of the album's characters in a very Rocky Horror-esque way.
Check out the trippy music video:
Arctic Monkeys "Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino" Official Music Video
They then bounce back with– surprise– another track off of Favourite Worst Nightmare before revisiting another early hit.
This song finds Turner searching through various pubs for his ex-girlfriend, but instead he keeps running into her doppelgängers. He asks the lookalikes,
"Can I call you by her name?"
Here's a clip of the group performing "Cornerstone" back in May.
Arctic Monkeys "Cornerstone" (Berlin)
Suddenly, we're switching gears. The band plays four hits from 2013's AM, of which they received critical acclaim as well as a huge U.S. following, sneaking in one of Tranquility's "One Point Perspective" in the middle.
"Do I Wanna Know?"
Arguably one of my favorite songs, "Do I Wanna Know?" continues to be a crowd favorite at any Arctic Monkeys show. This was one of the band's biggest hits from their last album, but you might've heard it more recently in the season two finale of "Peaky Blinders."
Here's the band playing it live at the Best Kept Secret Festival in the Netherlands.
Arctic Monkeys "Do I Wanna Know?" (Best Kept Secret Festival)
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
They weren't kidding about traveling back in time: up next, the band plays their breakout single, "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor," from 2006's Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. This oldie is such a goodie, and is a gift to longtime fans and newcomers alike with its lyrical genius and hard-charging guitars.
"Oh, there ain't no love, no Montagues or Capulets. Just banging tunes and DJ sets and dirty dance floors and dreams of naughtiness."
Check out the official music video with the fresh-faced Monkeys:
Arctic Monkeys "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" Official Video
The Arctic Monkeys cap off the night with "Arabella" and "Pretty Visitors" before a three-song encore of "The View From the Afternoon," "Star Treatment," and "R U Mine?"
Check out the band's entire setlist from their last show:
Arctic Monkeys Setlist 09/24/18
(Make sure to check out our Spotify playlist!)
Arctic Monkeys remaining tour dates:
09/25 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
09/27 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
09/28 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
10/09 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
10/10 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Criterion
10/12 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
10/16 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
10/19 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
10/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/23 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
10/24 – Portland, OR @ Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
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