As Gorillaz greeted thousands who made the pilgrimage to Coachella, Alex Turner and friends put on a show of their own about fifty miles north. Nestled deep within California's Morongo Basin, the tiny desert outpost of Pioneertown welcomed The Arctic Monkeys to legendary roadhouse Pappy and Harriet's. Local residents were slightly amused, and intrigued, by the swarm of people descending upon their local watering hole, and drowning out the country western band's nightly bar room set. The last scheduled stateside stop of the seemingly endless Humbug tour was definitely cinematic, and lines formed hours before 'Brainstorm' wailed into the night and strobe lights illuminated sandy hillsides.
The turnout was staggering given the venue's remote location, and some people drove out to the middle of nowhere unsure if there were even tickets available. An intimate gathering of clearly devoted fans was a proper farewell to a group that has managed to remain relevant in the U.S. despite the passing of the dance-rock fad.