As part of their American tour, the Arctic Monkeys covered The White Stripes in their own hometown of Detroit. There’s excellent fan footage of the cover below.
In the middle of Arctic Monkeys’ set at Detroit’s Masonic Temple Theatre, they rocked out a cover they’d never jammed before. They took on “The Union Forever,” one of the highlights from the White Stripes 2001 cracking breakthrough album White Blood Cells.
Arctic Monkeys have been longtime uber fans of the group, having recently given them a big nod out during their recent Mad Cool set and covering two White Stripes tracks at their first ever gig. This follows the band recently covering The Strokes while playing New York. Alex Turner keeps no secrets of his love of early 00’s guitar rock. In fact, the latest divisive offering Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino contains the lyric, ‘I just wanted to be one of the Strokes’
The Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner technically pulled off a double cover in Detroit as “The Union Forever” is inspired by Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane, and it mostly consists of quotes from the film, to the extent that Warner Bros. once reportedly tendered a lawsuit against The White Stipes. And partway through “The Union Forever,” Jack White breaks into his own version of a song performed at a party scene in Citizen Kane.
Don’t forget you can keep up-to-date on all things Nova over on our Instagram page – follow us for all the craziness of radio life coupled with news, sports and LOTS of cool competitions! Click here…