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Miles Kane talks possible new album from The Last Shadow Puppets

"I think it’d be rude not to do a trilogy"

By Tom Skinner

a still of Miles Kane and Alex Turner in the official video for The Last Shadow Puppets' single 'Aviation'
Miles Kane and Alex Turner in the official video for The Last Shadow Puppets' single 'Aviation'. CREDIT: Press/Still

Miles Kane has spoken about the possibility of a third album from The Last Shadow Puppets.

Kane formed the group alongside his friend and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, with producer James Ford and Mini Mansions’ Zach Dawes also appearing in its line-up. Their first album, ‘The Age Of The Understatement’, came out in 2008 followed by 2016’s ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’. Both records went to Number One in the UK.

During a recent interview with Music Week, Kane gave an update on the status of The Last Shadow Puppets while also speaking about his fourth solo album, ‘Change The Show’, which was released last month.

“We won’t be doing anything in the near future,” he said of a potential Puppets return, “but I think it’d be rude not to do a trilogy. The trilogy would be the icing, wouldn’t it?”

Back in 2018, the musician said he’d “never say never” when it comes to new music from the side-project (via Radio X).

“The Last Shadow Puppets was good, I had great fun with that,” he said. “Bring them back? Who knows, yeah! Never say never.”

Kane’s recent comments come as Arctic Monkeys prepare to release their highly-anticipated seventh album, the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’. Last November, the band’s drummer Matt Helders revealed that the record was “pretty much” done and would “hopefully” be out ahead of a summer 2022 tour.

Since then, the Monkeys have been announced as one of the headliners for this year’s Reading & Leeds. They’ve also confirmed bill-topping appearances at Rock En Seine in Paris, Sziget Festival in Budapest and Cala Mijas Festival in Malaga as well as scheduling their own European dates.

Last August, Suffolk venue the Butley Priory announced on its website that Arctic Monkeys had been recording new material there.

Speaking about where the sound of AM’s next album could go on BBC Radio 5 Live, Helders explained: “We tend to always move it on a little bit. For us, because we’re so involved in it, it always makes sense.

“[The albums] always kind of pick up where the other one left off in a way. It makes sense when you think about it in the context of the last record. But we always do try and do something a bit different – it’s kind of hard to describe. You can tell it’s the same band.”

Meanwhile, Miles Kane is set to embark on a COVID-delayed UK headline tour in May. The stint will conclude with a performance at the Roundhouse in Camden, London on May 31.

Kane’s full rescheduled tour dates are below. 

May 2022:
11 – Brighton, Concorde 2
12 – Southampton, Engine Rooms
13 – Nottingham, Rock City
14 – Liverpool, O2 Academy
16 – Bristol, O2 Academy
17 – Northampton, Roadmender
19 – Newcastle, University
20 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
21 – Warrington, Parr Hall

23 – Cardiff, Tramshed
24 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
25 – Manchester, Albert Hall
27 – Sheffield, Leadmill
28 – Norwich, Waterfront
29 – Leeds, O2 Academy
31 – London, Roundhouse