Alex Turner: I know I can sound ungrateful

Alex Turner admits he can comes across as "ungrateful" after he was slammed for his acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards earlier this year

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Alex Turner admits he can comes across as "ungrateful".

The Arctic Monkeys frontman, who was slammed by critics for his acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards earlier this year, claims he doesn't care how he is represented and he was simply trying to stand up for rock 'n' roll.

He told Time Out magazine: "As perverse as this may sound, I don't really enjoy being the centre of attention. It's all right during a show, because I'd argue it's the song or the performance that's the centre of attention. It's not like like me opening my birthday presents in front of everybody. I'm not a big fan of that. I think making a speech falls into that category.

"It's like getting a trophy for a race that you didn't really know you were running. There's a twisted side to it. I can come off ungrateful, but f*ck it. That's just the truth."

The 28-year-old star, who is playing two huge shows at London's Finsbury Park today (24.05.14) and tomorrow (25.05.14) with band mates Jamie Cook, Matt Helders and Nick O'Malley, thinks more rock bands should be played on the radio and his speech was voicing that opinion.

He said: "In a room like that, where we were the only guitar band, it's easy to start feeling like an emissary for rock 'n' roll. If that's what people were talking about after the Brits rather than a nipple slipping out, that's a good thing. In a way, maybe it is a nipple slipping out."

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