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Concert Review: The Killers Bring Fireworks to Atlanta

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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)

February 1, 2009 in The Killers | Permalink

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Wow! Thanks for posting this update. I am literally counting the days until I see them in April. Can't wait!

Posted by: Jason at Feb 1, 2009 1:04:31 PM

That was the SEXIEST show I have ever seen. I am 37, it was my 3rd Killers show..(A far cry for the Athens gig, huh) and one of the most energizing and electric performances I have ever seen in my life. Great review. I agree with the Duran Duran comment...but the Killers are SO much cooler, and Brandon is the new ULTIMATE frontman!.

Brett
Guitar Center

Posted by: Brett Parker at Feb 2, 2009 3:15:15 AM

That was the SEXIEST show I have ever seen. I am 37, it was my 3rd Killers show..(A far cry for the Athens gig, huh) and one of the most energizing and electric performances I have ever seen in my life. Great review. I agree with the Duran Duran comment...but the Killers are SO much cooler, and Brandon is the new ULTIMATE frontman!.

Brett
Guitar Center

Posted by: Brett Parker at Feb 2, 2009 3:15:21 AM

the killers would be a lot cooler if their entire catalogue weren't lifted from other musicians

Posted by: brad at Feb 2, 2009 4:11:31 AM

Brandon Flowers is the best frontman I have ever seen, fabulous looks, charisma and he is electric on stage. He is also clean living and there is never any hint of scandal about him or his band, which is refreshing in this 'day and age'. Long live The Killers.

Posted by: Ann at Feb 2, 2009 5:03:13 AM

I got so carried away by Brandon's looks that I forgot to say that this was a great article.

Posted by: Ann at Feb 2, 2009 5:39:28 AM

Umm... They didn't play Losing Touch. Maybe you just heard about the concert. I was there and was disappointed that they didn't play it.

Posted by: Michael at Feb 2, 2009 1:36:31 PM

hello - my husband found your article. thanks for the photo cred. ;)
here's a link to my vids too...
(make sure you click on the high quality)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIuQcL2povk&feature=channel_page
xx

Posted by: alecia at Feb 9, 2009 9:36:45 PM

The Killers - Human = Best track!!!!
Big ΜΠΡΑΒΟ (Bravo) The Killers.
Here everything about discography: http://www.discoogle.com/wiki/Killers%2C_The_Discography and Lyrics: http://www.discoogle.com/wiki/Killers%2C_The_Lyrics

Posted by: Andrew at Feb 11, 2009 1:49:27 PM

To Brett: The Killers catalogue's is not lifted from other musicians. Dont be a hater!

To Ann: Sorry they did not played Losing Touch, but they played Sweet Talk. It was an interesting change and a great one. We were lucky. Not too many fans can say that.

Posted by: J.T at Mar 2, 2009 1:38:22 PM