A REVIEW OF…THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS IN MIDDLESBROUGH

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THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS IN MIDDLESBROUGH

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS entertained a sold out Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Fronted by The Rascals’ Miles Kane and an Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, the band played tracks from 2008 release The Age Of The Understatement and upcoming LP Everything You’ve Come To Expect.

Coming on stage at around 920pm joined by a string arrangement, bassist and drummer before Kane, dressed in a creamy white suit, and Turner joined them on stage.

The gig opened with a string intro of Black Plant before bursting into Calm Like You. Even though Alex Turner is possibly the greatest musician of this generation the sound that The Last Shadow Puppets was still very 2008.

Newest singles Bad Habits, Everything You’ve Come To Expect and Aviation were played to a great reception. Other new tracks such as Dracula Teeth, The Element Of Surprise and Sweet Dreams, TN sounded very AM-esque with a hint of Sgt. Peppers.

After hearing the new tracks live on their second show of their comeback I was hugely impressed and have high hopes for the album. Intertwined with new hits were classics such as My Mistakes Were Made For You, Only The Truth and Separate And Ever Deadly.

Chemistry between Kane and Turner was as brilliant as it has always been and it was evident with loving glances constantly being exchanged between the pair during The Meeting Place.

The gig finished with a three song encore – featuring a cover of I Want You (She’s So Heavy), The Dream Synopsis and Standing Next To Me.

Although the crowd were chilled out for the majority of the gig, they burst into dancing and elation when Standing Next To Me.

Support came from former Gorillaz star Jeff Wootton – a rock ‘n’ roll band that had Miles Kane’s former drummer Jay Sharrock drumming. The crowd enjoyed them.

It was amazing to see The Last Shadow Puppets play in such an intimate venue – a real treat.

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