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Alex Turner is ‘working’ on getting as fit as Sir Mick Jagger.

The 36-year-old star of the Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets series has been practicing Muay Thai for several years.

And while the ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ hitmaker insists he’ll never be as fit as the 79-year-old Rolling Stones frontman – who is as famous for his singing as he is for his mind-blowing stage moves and pre-show dance workouts – he aims to be

Speaking in the latest issue of French magazine L’Equipe, the musician said: “I do a bit of running and Muay Thai. I discovered this discipline a few years ago when I was in a nightclub in New York. I met a security guard from the North of England and he encouraged me to train with him.

“I get a lot of pleasure from it, it’s good for both the body and the mind, you don’t think about anything during classes. I’ll never be Mick Jagger, but we’re still working on it.”

However, Alex does not see himself in the ring anytime soon.

He said: “I will never reach the level of fighting in the cage as a UFC fighter one day. I didn’t excel in any of the sports I played.”

Meanwhile, “RU Mine?” the band, who are headlining this weekend’s Reading and Leeds festivals, recorded their new album in Suffolk last summer.

Alex and company reportedly stayed at Butley Priory, the former gatehouse of an Augustinian priory, while they worked on the much-anticipated sequel to 2018’s Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino.

The venue itself released a since-deleted blog post on its website: “We had a band recording an album for the last month.

“Musicians love the acoustics of the Great Hall and drawing room with their huge vaulted ceilings.

“Singing a serenade while watering and weeding the garden, listening to the double bass, drums and piano coming from the open double doors, was very enjoyable. Thank you, Arctic Monkeys.”

Earlier that year, drummer Matt Helders revealed that rockers ‘505’ were in the ‘early stages’ of trying to ‘write [new] recording”.

However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, they “faced various obstacles.”

He said: “Being separated by a sea is one of them.

“We all really want to do it – in normal times we would have already done it.

“There’s definitely a desire on our part to record a new record as soon as we can.”


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