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The Killers Don’t Skip a Beat at Barclays Center on Tuesday Night

January 10th, 2018

The Killers – Barclays Center – January 9, 2018


Longevity in the music industry isn’t guaranteed, nor is a song that stays on the charts 13 years after its release. The Killers“Mr. Brightside” was the track that remained on the U.K. charts, and Noisy hypothesized a few theories why that might have been. It’s no surprise that frontman Brandon Flowers cited the U.K. as what broke their band during a time when the Strokes and the White Stripes ruled America. After more than 15 years of music together, the Las Vegas band released their fifth album, Wonderful Wonderful, last year to the glee of longtime fans. With guitarist Dave Keuning and bassist Mark Stoermer taking time off touring for family and to finish up college, longtime collaborators guitarist Ted Sablay and bassist Jake Blanton entered the lineup in their stead. Despite the change to the original quartet, the Killers didn’t skip a beat at a sold-out Barclay Center last night.

The stage converted into mirrored pyramid screens resembling an open shell perfectly displaying the band for the opener, the new LP’s title song. The staging played a big part in the performance with pink confetti showering the crowd during “The Man,” as old-timey neon Vegas signage projected in the backdrop. Flowers seamlessly weaved old favorites “Somebody Told Me” and “Smile Like You Mean It” among more recent hits “Run for Cover” and “Shot at the Night.” He reminisced on the passing of the 10th anniversary of Sam’s Town, in which the Killers played to 1,500 people at the hotel/casino that provided the album’s name. The quartet covered Dire Straits“Romeo and Juliet” as an interlude before the appropriately paired “Runaways.”

Throughout the show, I marveled at hit after hit, especially my favorite, “All These Things That I’ve Done,” which I dare anyone to not chime in on the infectious chorus, “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier.” Flowers returned to the stage having changed into a gold suit and matching boots, as if channeling Elvis himself. With a recorded opening monologue by Woody Harrelson, the ageless singer climbed the stairs encoring with the downtown romp “The Calling.” It would not end there, rather deep cut “Jenny Was a Friend of Mine” and the rousing “When You Were Young” were played before the closing song. You guessed it: the hit that managed to top the charts for over a decade. —Sharlene Chiu

 

 

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Rock Out with the Killers Tomorrow Night at the Prudential Center

August 7th, 2013

Brandon Flowers (vocals and keys), Dave Keuning (guitar and vocals), Mark Stoermer (bass and vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums and vocals) made an almost instant splash with the release of the first Killers album, the ’80s-influenced, New Wave-ish Hot Fuss, in 2004. With plenty of tunes to sing along with or dance along to, the music was called “big, bold and confident” by BBC Music. And Rolling Stone ranked it as the 43rd best album of the entire decade. The ensuing tour in support of the Hot Fuss put the Killers (above, performing “Mr. Brightside” this year at Lollapalooza Brazil) on the map as a band not to miss when they come to your town. And it’s a playbook the Las Vegas quartet has stuck with ever since: put out an album every few years and then steadily tour behind it for a few more years. In 2012, the Killers released their fourth album, Battle Born (stream it below)—the phrase appears on Nevada’s state flag—which instantly seemed perfectly suited for an arena. This works out great because, still out on the road, the Killers play the Prudential Center tomorrow night.