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Alex Turner defends Arctic Monkeys over concert criticism

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May 06, 2014 | 7:52pm EDT

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has spoken out after the band's former touring partners, The Orwells, criticised the rockers for performing the same "synchronised" show at every concert. The Orwells served as the support act for the Brainstorm hitmakers on their U.S. tour earlier this year (14), but alleged that the group played the same gig every night, even down to the quips Turner gave to the crowd. Guitarist Matt O'Keefe told Gigwise.com, "When you're playing arenas and everything, it's a huge production then the show has to become synchronised to work... So every night no matter how he (Turner) was feeling he'd go into that opening riff. It was the exact same ad-libs he was putting between the songs. So we were with them for about 50 dates, you saw them once and you'd pretty much seen every date that they'd played." Now Turner has finally responded to the criticism, saying, "They should have been out trying to get laid instead of watching us every night." He added, "I don't think that's fair (to call it synchronised). There comes a time on a tour when something works and you tend to leave it alone. We have been changing it around a little bit. "You can't mess around with it too much. It's almost like the show isn't designed to be watched by the same person every night. Nowadays people share the set lists, but I'm by no means f**king phoning it in. It's not like we have (pre-recorded) tracks, we're up there f**king doing it."

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