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Arctic Monkeys announce new album and UK tour

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Arctic Monkeys follow up their headline set on the first night of Glastonbury with a full UK tour. Hardcore fans of the band who stumped up a couple of hundred pounds to witness the festival show might feel a little miffed that they had to slum it with a bunch of elderly Rolling Stones fans rather than wait for the tour, but that's the modern music business for you.

The tour is in support of the band's fifth album. The album, the follow-up to 2011's Suck It And See, was recorded in Los Angeles and at Rancho De La Luna, Joshua Tree. Guests include Josh Homme and, contain your excitement, drummer Pete Thomas and ex-Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones.

Following the lead of Beady Eye's BE, the album will be titled AM. Well, Arctic Monkeys have never really been known for their groundbreaking flourishes of originality, although singer Alex Turner claims a more prestigious influence.

"I actually stole it from the Velvet Underground," he told Radio One. "I'll just confess that now and get it out of the way. The VU record, obviously. Did we cop out? Yeah! Something about it feels like this record is exactly where we should be right now. So it felt right to just initial it."

Talking to Zane Lowe, Turner explained how the album developed. "The record sort of started with 'R U Mine?' really. We discovered something through the recording of that tune that we thought was worth exploring. 'Do I Wanna Know' was the first thing we found along that road."

Speaking about the band's return to Glastonbury, after they first performed there in 2007, Turner said, "Glastonbury is like this old wise wizard, or something, kind of controls the tides of the rock ‘n roll universe, and I perhaps understand that a little better this time."

The tour starts at Newcastle Arena on October 22 taking in dates in Manchester, London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham and Glasgow before culminating in a home town show in Sheffield on November 2.

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