Killers performance at Emirates Stadium hailed as they acknowledge how England fans have kicked off their careers
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When striker Brandon Flowers said thank you for being there for The Killers – he was talking about more than the packed crowds at Emirates Stadium on Saturday night.
London, and more specifically the Dublin Castle pub three miles down the road in Camden, is where The Killers last rested in 2003 – and the rest is history.
“We knew we were good, but we couldn’t see why America couldn’t get there,” Flowers says against the energetic and cheerful backdrop of The Killers. “We hope you get it. You had it and it changed our lives. Thank you very much.”
Almost 20 years have passed and Britain is still getting there.
The Imploding the Mirage tour has been delayed because of Covid and the band have released two albums since they were last here – Imploding the Mirage in 2020 and Pressure Machine in 2021 – and their songs have been touted. welcome like old classics.
A burst of confetti and cheers from the crowd greeted the band as they opened with My Soul’s Warning before raising the bar with the poignant track When You Were Young.
This is a playlist to please, and you can really feel the footing we’re rocking in Spaceman then Somebody Told Me.
The backdrop is a starry Nevada sky – the band hails from Las Vegas – against the cold, gray clouds that hang over north London, but great performer Flowers never lets the temperature drop.
His wide smile shows he’s enjoying this as much as the rest of us but even he was momentarily backed up when he picked a fan from the crowd to take his place. Ronald Vannucci Jr’s position on the drums for Reasons Unknown.
If anything, Josh somehow manages to adjust the tempo quickly before snapping back into his place in a shrill cheer.
All the classics are here – Runaways, Read My Mind and finally All This Things That I’m Done to close the set as the band unleashes a full repertoire of vocals. But The Killers has always been all about a song, and the best song is saved in the end.
A truly stellar encore opens with The Man, followed by Human – complete with a stunning video wall of dancers – then the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Mr Brightside.
The sound of the crowd singing Flowers’ crude description of a broken relationship almost drowned out the leader himself.
The song holds the record for 317 consecutive weeks and has stayed in the UK Top 100 since it was first released on the lesser known British label Lizard King on 5 June 2004. But as witnessed. it was performed live with a spectacular light show that was another matter. .
It’s been over two years since tickets for this show first went on sale, and a lot has happened in between.
But in these uncertain times, there’s one thing you can count on – a knockout performance from the Killer.
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