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Arctic Mokeys @ Verizon Center

The Arctic Monkeys Perform at the Verizon Center

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  The Arctic Monkeys open for The Black Keys at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

I don’t think I’ve seen the Arctic Monkeys since they toured behind Favourite Worst Nightmare, so it has been a while since I’ve seen Alex Turner & Co. in concert. Luckily I got to catch them opening for the Black Keys at the Verzion Center. The band played a very energetic set to a 1/3 full venue but still looked like they had fun doing it. It was great to hear “Brianstorm” and “If You Were There, Beware.” Hopefully I can catch them at the 9:30 next time they come around.

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  The Arctic Monkeys open for The Black Keys at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  The Arctic Monkeys open for The Black Keys at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Sadly, the lighting for this set was pants. It annoys me to no end when arena shows are lit worse than club shows. Alex and the drummer were lit well on occasion. The other two band members, not so much. There were also a massive amount of gear and monitors on the stage, so clean sight lines were at a premium.

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  The Arctic Monkeys open for The Black Keys at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

WASHINGTON, DC - March 9th, 2012 -  The Arctic Monkeys open for The Black Keys at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

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Arctic Monkeys @ Verizon Center – Images by Kyle Gustafson

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