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The Last Shadow Puppets – Usher Hall – 26/03/16

The notable hype surrounding The Last Shadow Puppets’ upcoming second album hung heavy in the air, creating an electric atmosphere the likes of the notorious Edinburgh wind could not blow away outside Usher Hall, as the queue snaked from the front doors all the way down the street.  Fans of the band came from all walks of life and were of all ages, but there was one thing on everyone’s lips: “Alex Turner and Miles Kane are in THAT building”, and the building in particular was intimate, stylish and sepia-tinged, perfect for the Puppets’ music.


IMG_7932Coming on stage just after 9pm after an impressive set from Jeff Wootton, that was appreciated if not adored by the Edinburgh crowd, the reception the duo and their backing band received before they even played a note was rapturous, yet they wasted little time in getting things started, with the one-two punch of fan favourite “Calm Like You” and new single “Bad Habits”, the latter of which sounded significantly better live than it did on record.  Compared to the subdued, all-seating gigs that took place on their first tour back in 2008, Turner and Kane seemed to determined to whip the crowd up into a frenzy any chance they could, be it with the music that incited mosh pits (in the form of welcome old familiars “Separate and Ever Deadly” and “Only The Truth”) or their lounge-lizard dance moves (which smothered the already-sleazy new cuts like gig highlight “The Dream Synopsis” in even grubbier filth).


Whilst at times the pace of the gig did slow down to a crawl, it was to be expected in what is essentially a warm-up tour for a whole slew of festival and arena dates later this summer.  Throughout the entire night, the band had the 2000-strong audience practically eating out of the palm of their hand, even during the extended jam that bookended the surprise Beatles cover of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” that opened the encore.  By the time the final chord of “Standing Next To Me” was strummed after an hour and forty five minutes of Puppets action, no one could have felt short changed, but the clamours for just “one more tune” still rung loud into the night.  Let’s not make it another eight years before you come back, eh guys?

Have you caught The Last Shadow Puppets live lately? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!


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