Brandon Flowers never strays from his dapper way. Whether he is performing in front of a bunch of roaring college kids or a theater packed with hundreds of screaming girls, The Killers frontman always takes a moment to bow graciously before and at the end of performance, and sometimes even in between songs, to thank his audience.
It's that same grace and elegance that marks every Killers show. Sure, the group pumps up its anthems to create a steaming rock 'n roll show, but they go about it in a way that's always so stylish, chic and a little decadent.
Frequent readers of this blog know that I have been writing about the Killers for a long time. I traveled all over the place to see them. From Berlin to Los Angeles, and from Athens, GA to Las Vegas. In fact, if there would ever be an ArjanWrites Hall Of Fame, Brandon and his men would be one of the first to get inducted. That's how much I like them.
It was great to catch up with the group last night and hear some songs from their new LP. The Vegas quartet played against a gigantic backdrop that can best be compared to a glittery billboard on the Las Vegas strip. It was filled with lights bulbs that formed images, words and all kinds of swirly effects to fit the songs. The set also included a few palm trees to invoke the landscape of the "Mojave desert," as Flowers explained to the audience.
Crowd favorites included "Mr Brightside," "Somebody Told Me,""All These Things I've Done," "Human" and the exuberant final encore "When You Were Young." The group also threw in "Shadowplay," which was largely unknown to the crowd. Really fun was the combined set of "I Can't Stay" and "Losing Touch" that the group played in a lime-green spotlight to create a really lush atmosphere to match the songs. The group even had a saxophone player join them. It felt like "Club Tropicana" all over again.
When a big tiger print curtain dropped for the performance of "Neon Tiger," all I could think was how much The Killers are turning into a modern-day Duran Duran. After the Americana of "Sam's Town," the group fully embraces the music and the visual aesthetic of the '80s and I couldn't be more excited about that.
During the celebratory encore, gigantic gold-colored pyro fireworks exploded from the ceiling and dropped to the floor while moments later gold confetti was blown into the audience. It's still rock and roll, but the Killers always package it with a sense of decadence and style. (Photo credit: ATL_Alicia)