Arctic Monkeys Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


10th April 2016

Quote: "David Bowie came backstage. We didn't know what to say to him, you know. We were just overwhelmed. It was like a f**king runaway train in those days." British rockers Arctic Monkeys were left speechless when they first met the late music legend in New York in 2006, according to frontman Alex Turner.


10th September 2014

Fact: Coldplay, Rita Ora, Arctic Monkeys, Cheryl Cole and Dj act Clean Bandit are competing for a nomination at the MTV European Music Awards - via fan votes. Supporters can choose their favourite artist via Twitter.com and the winner will be included in the Best U.K. & Ireland Act category alongside One Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and Calvin Harris. The ceremony will take place on 9 November (14) in Glasgow, Scotland.


24th May 2014

Fact: British rockers Arctic Monkeys kicked off a pair of huge gigs at London's Finsbury Park on Friday (23May14). The band is due to return to the venue for a second show on Saturday night (24May14).


26th March 2014

Fact: Eminem and Outkast have been confirmed as the headliners for the 10th annual Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois in August (14). Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Calvin Harris and Skrillex will also perform during the three-day event, which was founded by Jane's Addiction rocker Perry Farrell.


19th February 2014

Quote: "There's that 15 quid (15 pounds) we put on One Direction to win down the drain!" Arctic Monkeys star Alex Turner jokes about betting on One Direction to win the Best British Group award at the BRIT Awards in London on Wednesday night (19Feb14). His band picked up the honour for a third time.


5th December 2013

Fact: Arctic Monkeys' acclaimed record Am has been named Best Album of 2013 by rock magazine NME. It finished ahead of Kanye West's Yeezus, which came in second place, and Queens Of The Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork, which finished third.


26th September 2013

Quote: "The headspace you get on a motorcycle prepares you for making a rock and roll record. Obviously. 'Cos you're concentrating so much on manipulating the machine and not killing yourself. You get as far away from the creative part of your brain that you're set up for walking into the studio." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner rides his chopper around Los Angeles before recording sessions.


12th September 2013

Quote: "She had a lot of fun - maybe more than me. She was there with all her gang. I didn't even get the tickets for them, she went and organised it for herself. There's something about a big festival and knowing your mum is around somewhere. I can't be naughty if she's there." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner couldn't let loose at Britain's Glastonbury Festival this summer (13) as his mother Penny was there.


29th August 2013

Quote: "It sort of feels where we should be - it's a new sound that we haven't made before, so it kind of made sense to self-title it. Which I would have done, if we didn't have such a ridiculous name." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner explains the reasoning behind the name of the band's new album, Am.


9th July 2013

Fact: Sir Elton John, the Arctic Monkeys, John Legend and Robin Thicke are among the artists who have been added to the line-up for the U.K.'s iTunes festival in London. Pop stars Justin Timberlake and Jessie J are among the acts who had already signed up for the shows, which run throughout September (13).


27th March 2013

Fact: The Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Jessie Ware will help launch a new music festival in Moscow's famous Gorky Park this summer (13). The inaugural Subbotnik festival, Moscow's first ever open-air music event, will be held in the Russian capital on 6 July.


2nd November 2011

Quote: "I should have wrote songs with less words in." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner struggles to remember his complex lyrics to the band's tracks.


27th October 2011

Quote: "When we all went to the barbers in Austin (Texas) I said, 'Just give me that Gene Vincent mate'. Once you've got it you sort of have to listen to rock 'n' roll. And it's introduced a few new moves on stage." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has been inspired by his new '50s style quiff.


28th September 2011

Fact: Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner sparked rumours he has moved on from Alexa Chung after he was snapped with a mystery brunette in Venice Beach, California earlier this week (beg26Sep11). TV presenter Chung confirmed in July (11) she had split from the British rocker after a four-year romance.


24th June 2011

Quote: "I'm on the John Peel stage at 9pm - almost headlining. Give me a parking space! (The organisers said) 'No, the Arctic Monkeys have taken it.' And they're not even playing." British rapper Example discovered his place in rock's pecking order when the Arctic Monkeys hijacked his parking space at Glastonbury festival.


19th June 2011

Quote: "For some bands, it seems like a chore for them to get together and make a record. I always think, 'Why do they carry on?'" Arctic Monkeys guitarist Jamie Cook insists bandmates should enjoy each other's company.


14th June 2011

Quote: "She's like a motorbike on the front cover of the album isn't she? Anyone who has that idea is alright with me. Imagine that meeting. Like, 'I've got an idea for the front cover. It's me, but I'm a motorbike'." Arctic Monkeys star Alex Turner is full of praise for the cover of Lady GaGa's latest album Born This Way. His band's new record, Suck It And See, has knocked Gaga's from the top of the charts in the U.K.


18th May 2011

Fact: British band Arctic Monkeys' hotly-anticipated fourth album, Suck It And See, has leaked online almost three weeks ahead of its official release date of 6 June (11).


17th March 2011

Quote: "I don't think I'd be very good at doing the soundtrack for Transformers - but I'd love to do a tune for Bond. Definitely." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner wants to be the latest star to create a Bond song.


8th February 2011

Fact: The Arctic Monkeys will play two homecoming shows in Sheffield, north England later this year (11). They'll take over the Don Valley Bowl stadium on 10 and 11 June (11). The band has spent several years based mainly in the U.S. after shooting to fame in 2005.


8th July 2010

Fact: Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has composed the soundtrack for upcoming British drama SUBMARINE, which is slated for release next year (11).


18th September 2009

Fact: Oasis are set to battle it out against rival Britpop group Blur at the forthcoming Q Awards, despite announcing their split last month (Aug09). The WONDERWALL hitmakers will go head-to-head with the PARKLIFE stars for the Best Live Act honour, alongside U2, Arctic Monkeys, THE Prodigy, Kasabian and Take That.


27th August 2009

Fact: Dave Grohl's new supergroup THEM CROOKED VULTURES made a surprise appearance in London on Wednesday night (26Aug09). The band, which also includes Led Zeppelin's JOHN PAUL JONES and Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, made their U.K. debut supporting the Arctic Monkeys at the O2 Brixton Academy. They are also rumoured to be making a surprise appearance at this weekend's (29-30Aug09) Reading and Leeds Festival in Britain.


18th August 2009

Fact: British rockers the Arctic Monkeys turned the airwaves blue in the U.K. on Monday (17Aug09). Frontman Alex Turner forced BBC Radio One presenters to apologise after he swore twice during a live preview performance of their new album HUMBUG.


4th August 2009

Fact: British rockers Arctic Monkeys are releasing a limited edition version of their new single to raise funds for charity. The kind-hearted group's new track Crying Lightning will be sold on vinyl through Oxfam charity shops in the U.K. from 17 August (09).


21st May 2009

Quote: "I met him at Miami and we went to his house for a party. We swapped digits and it went on. He phoned me at home one morning. I had to turn the shower off and take the call!" Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has an unlikely friendship with Sean Combs.


31st March 2009

Fact: Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead will headline this year's (09) U.K. Reading and Leeds festivals. The Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party and THE Prodigy will also appear at the legendary British music event, which will take place from 28 - 30 August.


6th March 2009

Fact: A rock supergroup consisting of members of the Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles and Reverend and The Makers are to give away their debut album for free before the disc hits the shops. Mongrel's first CD, BETTER THAN HEAVY, will be handed out with Britain's The Independent newspaper on Saturday (07Mar09).


13th December 2008

Quote: "I've never got Arctic Monkeys - they seem too much like a British thing to me. They're like Oasis whereby Americans can't really relate to them." Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne isn't a fan of the U.K's top music exports.


29th July 2008

Quote: "We're all into Queens Of The Stone Age. When we got to play with them and see them live it gave us a kick up the arse. They are an inspiration, they show you can still have top tunes and loud, heavy songs, too." Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders is a big fan of the legendary rock band.


4th July 2008

Fact: Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner made a surprise appearance at London's O2 Wireless Festival on Friday afternoon (04Jul08), when he joined fellow British rockers The Rascals on stage and performed the song IS IT TOO LATE.


10th June 2008

Fact: A first edition of Arctic Monkeys album FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE, a Slade scarf and an original signed copy of TEENAGE KICKS by The Undertones are among the items going under the hammer at rock and pop memorabilia auction Independents' Day 08 in London later this month (Jun08).


6th June 2008

Fact: Music legend Tony Christie is opting for a new sound on his latest LP - he is recoding tracks with Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner and Pulp star Jarvis Cocker.


21st April 2008

Quote: "I'm addicted to Madelines. They're the new hallucinogenic." Arctic Monkeys rocker Alex Turner has a fondness for fancy French cakes.


4th December 2007

Fact: British rockers Arctic Monkeys have released two new songs on a limited edition record - under the secret codename THE DEATH RAMPS. In their new guise they have released just 250 copies of the seven-inch vinyl, sold through Domino Records' website.


4th August 2007

Quote: "I can't listen to Sit Down, it makes me feel sick." Arctic Monkeys star Matt Helders has a physical reaction each time he hears JAMES' 1991 hit song.


23rd June 2007

Fact: THE Arctic Monkeys performed DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER alongside Dizzee Rascal at Glastonbury last night as a tribute to DAME Shirley Bassey, who will be performing at the festival tomorrow.


22nd May 2007

Quote: "I think we're gonna have to tie Jamie up and put him in handcuffs till about tea time." Arctic Monkeys' bassist NICK O'MALLEY is making sure guitarist JAMIE COOK is sober when they play British music festival Glastonbury next month (Jun07).


25th April 2007

Quote: "We had this one where Jessica Alba was chasing after you but she's a vampire. So it's a laugh but then she gets you so you're like, 'S**t!' But then you're vampire friends and you roam together." Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner's favourite nightmare involves being chased by actress JESSICA ALBA.


20th April 2007

Fact: British rockers Arctic Monkeys have yet to see the proceeds of their spectacular rise to fame - the band made a total profit of just GBP190,081 ($361,000) last year - financial records show.


2nd April 2007

Fact: All 137,500 public tickets for the first Glastonbury Festival in two years sold out in a record-breaking one hour and forty five minutes today (1APR07). More than a quarter of a million pre-registered members of the public rose early to jam phone and internet lines in a bid to secure tickets to the June (07) event, which will feature performances from The Who, Arctic Monkeys and DAME Shirley Bassey. The Glastonbury Festival will take place in Somerset, England on the weekend of the 22-24 June.


20th February 2007

Quote: "I fear of coming up with the greatest melody only to find it's something Arctic Monkeys had on their B-side." Rock legend Steven Tyler admits he's scared of being upstaged by younger acts.


18th February 2007

Quote: "When I first met the Arctic Monkeys they came in our dressing room and ALEX (TURNER) was saying he got a guitar because of Oasis. So I asked him 'How old were you when DEFINITELY MAYBE came out?'. He was nine! That f**king bent my head." Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher is feeling his age around newer rock acts.


15th February 2007

Fact: Rockers the Arctic Monkeys took costume inspirations from The Wizard of Oz and 1970's pop group Village People when they accepted two Brit Awards via video message at last night's (14FEB07) ceremony in London.


29th January 2007

Fact: British pop star Lily Allen has signed up to play at England's Glastonbury Festival in June (07). She will join The Who, Bjork and Arctic Monkeys on a star-studded bill.


25th January 2007

Fact: Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has confirmed The Who are to perform at this year (07)'s Glastonbury festival. Other acts set to appear at the English musical extravaganza include Bjork, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire.


29th November 2006

Quote: "All you have to do is get your t**s out or win some k**bhead competition on the telly." Arctic Monkeys rocker JAMIE COOK is amazed by how easy it is to become famous these days.


28th August 2006

Fact: Ex-Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson met up with his former bandmates at the Leeds Festival in England at the weekend (26/27AUG06).


24th July 2006

Quote: "If Oasis can be summed up by 'Tonight I'm a rock 'n' roll star' then for us it's 'Tonight I've got no idea how I ended up here'." Arctic Monkeys star Alex Turner still struggles to accept his band's success.


31st January 2006

Quote: <p>"It's still f**king exciting, but it takes a lot more to shock you. Some girl got on her boyfriend's shoulders. I thought that was a very Robbie Williams moment. Thought we were going to play ANGELS or something." Arctic Monkeys bassist ANDY NICHOLSON still enjoys playing gigs now the British band is famous, despite the different behaviour of some fans. </p>


25th January 2006

Fact: <p>Acclaimed British group the Arctic Monkeys will open for Oasis in Toronto, Canada as part of a whistle-stop 12-date US tour this spring (06). </p>


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