Arctic Monkeys have really been churning out the covers lately. In early July, they treated a French audience to a rendition of Elvis Costello’s “Lipstick Vogue.” A few weeks later, Alex Turner shaved his head, and the Monkeys covered The Strokes’ “Is This It” at Forest Hills Stadium in New York, a chuckle-inducing tribute, considering the first line of Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is literally, “I just wanted to be one of The Strokes.” Same, Mr. Turner.
On Wednesday night, they honored another 2000s rock group with a cover of The White Stripes’ “The Union Forever” in Detroit, The White Stripes’ home base and the current home of Jack White’s second Third Man Records campus. Watch the performance go down below.
“We’re gonna do a little White Blood Cells for Detroit,” said Turner in his signature cockney to introduce the cover. White Blood Cells was released in 2001.
In the fan-shot video, a raucous crowd is thrilled by the cover, and the Arctic Monkeys deliver with a sleek, bluesy interpretation of the track.
Arctic Monkeys also shared videos this summer for Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino tracks “Four Out Of Five” and the title track, both of which you can watch here.