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Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders on Their Tour With the Hives: “They’re So Entertaining to Watch”

Matt Helders, the drummer for Arctic Monkeys, has discussed the implications of the band’s decision to tour with The Hives in the upcoming year.

The band has recently returned from completing the final leg of its stadium world tour, which will take up the most of 2023. The tour took place in South America. Earlier today, they added performances in Asian countries. They will receive assistance from The Mysterines and The Hives in the countries of Italy, the United Kingdom, and Ireland.

Helders discussed their most recent album, “The Car,” with NME, which was awarded the title of album of 2022 by NME. They also discussed their plans for the future following their concerts in the UK. When we first started our band, one of the bands that we all listened to was definitely The Hives, he added. “The Hives were definitely one of the bands we all listened to.” “We have already done several shows with them all over the world, and they are always so much pleasure to watch,” said the lead singer of the band. It’s always such a good sensation when you’re delighted to watch a band performing in front of you, especially when you’re at the show.

In addition, Helders discussed the experience of performing new songs from “The Car” in a live setting. “Towards the conclusion of the tour we started playing ‘Sculptures Of Everything Goes,’ which was a lot of fun,” he recalled. “It was a great way to close the tour.” “When we had completed recording the song, our next thinking was, ‘Well, how are we going to play it live?'” ’. It is extremely challenging to do, but [the live version] sounds just like the song on the record, and it is a really lovely sensation.”

In addition, he mentioned that adding “Hello You” to the repertoire “may be a lot of fun” and that performing “Jetskis On The Moat” at future concerts “may take a little time.”

NME described “The Car” as “an honest, breathtaking masterpiece bearing the stamp of boundless curiosity of its creators” when it was voted Album of the Year this year. Two of his songs were included on the list of the best songs of 2022; “Body Paint” and “There’d Better Be A Mirrorball” took the 24th and 5th places, respectively.

The Arctic Monkeys will bring their tour to the United Kingdom and Ireland in May, as well as to North America in September. In Europe, the band will visit at the end of April, the beginning of May, and in July.

MAY 2023
29 – Bristol, Ashton Gate Stadium
31 – Coventry, Building Society Arena
JUNE 2023
2 – Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford
5 – Middlesbrough, Riverside Stadium
7 – Norwich, Carrow Road Stadium
9 – Sheffield, Hillsborough Park
10 – Sheffield, Hillsborough Park 
12 – Swansea, Stadium
14 – Southampton, The Ageas Bowl
16 – London, Emirates Stadium
17 – London, Emirates Stadium
20 – Dublin, Marlay Park
25 – Glasgow, Bellahouston Park

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