We’re taking a trip back into the Far Out Magazine archives to revisit a moment when Sheffield’s finest, The Arctic Monkeys, put their own unique spin on a Beatles classic.
Headling New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden in 2014, Alex Turner and the band decided to pay tribute to The Fab Four on what was the 50th of The Beatles making their debut live on US television with a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The show would mark the beginning of Beatlemania as their performance was watched by a reported 73 million viewers who tuned in from over 23 million households.
“So apparently, almost to the day I believe, it’s 50 years since Ed Sullivan first brought The Beatles to the United States,” Turner told the crowd in New York. “So we thought, seeing as though we’re in New York, as they were all those years ago, we’d play a little Beatles song for you tonight.
“Does that sound like something you’d be interested in?” Turner asks before being greeted by screams of approval. “Apparently one in three Americans watched that performance so, if we’re lucky, one or three Americans might watch the YouTube video from your camera.”
The Sheffield group decided to perform a rendition of 1963 tune ‘All My Loving’, a song that the Beatles chose to open up the Ed Sullivan show with 50 years prior.
Joined on stage by Turner’s partner in crime, Miles Kane, Arctic Monkeys chose to perform the cover version as part of the opening song of their encore.
See and listen to the effort, below.