Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Just a few days before a headlining set at Glastonbury this weekend, Arctic Monkeys have announced September 10th as the release date for AM, the band’s fifth studio album and first since 2010’s Suck it and See.
“I actually stole it from the Velvet Underground, I’ll just confess that now and get it out of the way,” Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner told BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe (via NME) about the new album’s two-letter title. “The VU record, obviously.”
AM will feature a handful of special guests, including longtime Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, whom Turner said contributed one of the record’s highlights.
“His contribution to our record is really exciting, it’s probably my favorite,” he explained. “The 30 seconds that he’s in there is just, I dunno, it’s like something that I’ve never heard before.”
Among the tracks on AM is recently released single, “Do I Wanna Know?” which the band debuted in concert last month during a show in Ventura, Calif.
After spending most of the summer hitting the European festival circuit, Arctic Monkeys will hit North America starting September 15 in Toronto, Canada. Among the band’s U.S. tour dates this year include stops at the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, GA (Sept. 18) and Austin City Limits Festival (October 11).
Arctic Monkeys North American Tour:
9/15 Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
9/18 Philadelphia, PA - Mann Center for Performing Arts
9/21 Atlanta, GA - Music Midtown
9/23 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
9/27 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
9/29-30 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10/4 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10/5 Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
10/7 Chattanooga, TN - Track 29
10/8 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
10/9 Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10/11 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
1. “Do I Wanna Know?”
2. “R U Mine?”
3. “One for the Road”
5. “I Want It All”
6. “No. 1 Party Anthem”
7. “Mad Sounds”
9. “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”
10. “Snap Out Of It”
11. “Knee Socks”
12. “I Wanna Be Yours”