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Arctic Monkeys returning to U.S. Stages

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British act Arctic Monkeys have announced a North American summer tour that will kick off on May 5th with a date at Los Angeles’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery. After a series of European shows, the band will return here in June for a headlining slot at Delaware’s Firefly Festival, followed by nine more concerts in the U.S. and Canada throughout June, July and early August. Tickets for the new North American shows go on sale this Friday (March 16th) at 10:00 a.m.

The quartet last performed in November 2014 as they wound down the touring cycle for their fifth LP, 2013’s AM.

The band went on hiatus following the trek and has not issued any new music since then, although there are signs that the group’s sixth studio effort may be on the way.

Speculation about a new album started last April, when drummer Matt Helders posted an in-studio Instagram photo of his drum kit surrounded by microphones.

Bassist Nick O’Malley confirmed in an interview last September that the group had begun recording in a “secret location” and teased a potential 2018 release date.

Confirmed Arctic Monkeys tour dates (subject to change):

May 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
June 14-17 – Dover, DE – Firefly Festival
June 16 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
June 18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
June 19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
July 24 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
July 27 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
July 28 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events center
August 1 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
August 5 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

Story source: Rolling Stone

DID YOU KNOW? 

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner released his second LP with the Last Shadow PuppetsEverything You’ve Come to Expect, in 2016.

AM, Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album, was their biggest hit yet in the U.S. and featured the chart-topping “Do I Wanna Know?” and the follow-up hit “R U Mine?”