Arctic Monkeys kicked off the North American leg of their world tour last week in New York City, and Wednesday night (August 1) paid Detroit a visit. While performing at the Masonic Temple, the British rockstars decided to pay tribute to one of the city's most beloved rock bands. “We’re gonna do a little White Blood Cells for a little Detroit spirit,” singer Alex Turner said before delving into a moody version of The White Stripes' "The Union Forever" off the aforementioned album.
Covering local bands' songs seems to be becoming a pattern for the Monkeys, who also pleased their NYC crowd with a rendition of The Strokes' "Is This It" that dripped with swagger.
Watch them cover The White Stripes below.
The band is currently touring on its latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.Turner recently chatted with iHeartRadio about the new release and its interesting name. "I think of some of my favorite records as places that you can go and stay for a while, and sort of spurred me on to give this record the name of a place," he explained.
Check out Arctic Monkeys' North American tour dates below.
Arctic Monkeys Tour Dates
08/01 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
08/02 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/04 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
08/05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
08/08 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/09 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
08/11 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
08/14 – Budapest, HR @ Sziget Festival
09/06 – Manchester, UK @ Arena ^
09/07 – Manchester, UK @ Arena ^
09/09 – London, UK @ The O2 ^
09/10 – London, UK @ The O2 ^
09/12 – London, UK @ The O2 ^
09/13 – London, UK @ The O2 ^
09/15 – Birmingham, UK @ Arena ^
09/16 – Birmingham, UK @ Arena ^
09/18 – Sheffield, UK @ Flydsa Arena ^
09/19 – Sheffield, UK @ Flydsa Arena ^
09/21 – Sheffield, UK @ Flydsa Arena ^
09/22 – Sheffield, UK @ Flydsa Arena ^
09/24 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena ^
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 *
1010 – 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 *
^ = w/ The Lemon Twigs* = w/ Mini Mansions