Arctic Monkeys Cover White Stripes at Detroit Concert

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys
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Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys performs during the 12th Alive Music Festival in Oeiras, near Lisbon on July 12, 2018.

Arctic Monkeys honored one of Detroit's own during its tour stop in the city on Wednesday night. 

"We're gonna do a little White Blood Cells for Detroit," frontman Alex Turner announced about a third of the way into the show, leading the group into a rendition the White Stripes' "The Union Forever" from that 2001 album at Detroit's Masonic Temple -- appropriately just a few blocks away from Jack White's Third Man Records store and vinyl pressing plant.

The sextet's version conveyed some of the bluesy flavor of the original, but the the extra instrumentation added more layers and cabaret-style dynamics bot the song.    

Arctic Monkeys is currently touring to promote its sixth album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in May.

The group headlines on Thursday night at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and has North American and European dates booked through the end of October, when it will appear at the Voodoo Festival in New Orleans.

Watch Arctic Monkeys' performance of "The Union Forever" below.


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