Whisper it, but Arctic Monkeys might just be ascending their peak.
Shaven of head and cutting of tongue, Alex Turner has led the Sheffield band across the continent during a stellar summer season, smashing each and every festival slot out the park.
Turning their combined attention to a UK tour, Arctic Monkeys are battled-hardened, completely ready for the passion of their British fans.
Last night's (September 7th) show in Manchester might well stand as a classic, an assured, virile, acerbic, phenomenally engaging performance by a band with a singular catalogue.
Clash photographer Danny Payne was in the front row...
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