Recap: Arctic Monkeys at Lollapalooza 2014
Despite Arctic Monkeys being terrific, it's fair to question the English rockers as a Lolla headliner. They haven't had nearly the success in the United States that, say, Eminem has (though I've said it before and will say it again, it is ridiculous to have Marshall Mathers back as a headliner three years after his last stint). Perhaps that's why the Monkeys excessively favored songs from last year's "AM," which, coming in at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, marked the group's biggest debut in this country. They played (by my count) 10 of that record's 12 songs, performing just two from their debut ("Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not"), four from "Favourite Worst Nightmare" (which debuted at No. 7) and two each from "Humbug" and "Suck It and See."
This is still an excellent band performing uniformly strong work. It was my third-favorite show of the day, behind Royal Blood and Hozier. It's just that after seeing several commanding Arctic Monkeys performances in the past, this good one felt a little tame by comparison.
Arctic Monkeys got to this level by releasing five consecutive great albums. Take a lesson, other bands. #lolla— Matt Pais (@MattPais) August 2, 2014
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