The Killers returned live to the UK with an intimate performance at the O2 Academy in Sheffield last night (May 17). Check out the images, footage, setup list, and more below.
Brandon Flowers and co took to the stage at the 2,150-capacity venue to kick off their 2022 UK and Ireland stadium tour, which will kick off in Doncaster next Tuesday (May 24). It marked the Las Vegas band’s first performance on these shores since they advertised Glastonbury in 2019.
Opening on the big screen, the sounds of the national anthem of ‘My Own Soul’s Warning’ from 2020’s ‘Imploding The Mirage’, The Killers dazzled the small crowd with paper fireworks and the sound and energy they exuded. usually for spaces 30 times this size.
“We hope you enjoy your stay / It’s good to have you with us / Even if it’s just for the day“Flowers sang on “Enterlude” from “Sam’s Town” in 2006, before continuing to take the room back to the 00s with the title three of “When You Were Young”, “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine”, and ‘ Smile Like You mean it’.
“It’s been a tough couple of years – how to hold on? All right?” Hoa asked with a grin at the crowd in front of the next track, “Thank you very much. There’s been a lot of separation, there’s been a lot of uncertainty. But one thing I’m sure of: we’re together tonight, so let’s do something about it. “
“Blowback” and “Running Towards A Place” then gave way to a surprise early broadcast of the indie classic “Mr Brightside,” as Flowers commanded fans from the top of the screen stack. “We are the Killers, and we’ll take you to the amazing Las Vegas, Nevada!” he said when the group debuted ‘Somebody Told Me’ from their debut ‘Hot Fuss’.
Reminiscing about The Killers’ recent early shows in 2022, the leader told the audience: “We did some warm-up shows in Vegas. It is good but tonight feels a little better. Thanks for coming.”
This was followed by ‘Fire In Bone’, led by Bowie-esque, with The Killers also dusting off their main cover in Joy Division’s ‘Shadowplay’, before two more issues from the ‘Pressure Machine’ year. next in the form of ‘In The Car Outside’ and ‘Runaway Horses’.
Flowers then chronicled the band’s time away from the UK with the opening piano chords of 2008’s ‘A Dustland Fairytale’.
“Oh my—how strange it has been three years,” he said. “This feels very familiar but when you look at the dates… it was a thousand days. It’s wild. ”
He continued: “I hope you can tell that we are sincere when we talk about our love for this place. Man… I mean, you changed our lives! And we love coming here – this is our spiritual home. You drew these sentimental Americans, and we won’t forget it. “
‘Runaways’ from 2012’s ‘Battle Born’ joins the compilation introduction of fan-favorite single ‘Read My Mind’. Returning to the encore, The Killers played ‘Spaceman’, ‘Human’ and the rare ‘Hot Fuss’ ‘Midnight Show’ before ending with a big song ‘All the Things That I’ve Done’.
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Shortly after the band left the stage, drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr returned with a final farewell message: “Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. We wouldn’t be able to do this for a job without you. “
The Killers played:
‘A warning from my own soul’
‘When you’re young’
‘Jenny is my friend’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘Running to find the cover’
‘Running to a place’
‘Grandfather. The bright side’
‘Someone told me’
‘Fire in the Bones’
‘Shadowplay’ (Joy Division cover)
‘In the car outside’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Read my mind’
‘All these I have accomplished’
You can check out The Killers’ full 2022 UK stadium tour date below – find any remaining tickets here. Support will come from Blossoms (date marked **), Manic Street Preachers (date marked ##), Sam Fender (^^) and Supergrass (~~).
24 – Doncaster Stadium, Keepmoat **
26 – Bristol, Ashton Gate ##
28 – Coventry, Ricoh Arena ##
30 – Southampton, St Mary’s **
1 – Middlesbrough, Riverside Stadium ##
3 – London Stadium, Emirates ^^
4 – London Stadium, Emirates ^^
7 – Falkirk, Falkirk Stadium ~~
9 – Norwich, Carrow Road **
11 – Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford **
14 – Dublin, Malahide Castle ^^
15 – Dublin, Malahide Castle ^^
Additionally, the band is expected to appear at various European festivals this summer, including the Open’er Festival in Poland, Mad Cool in Spain and Lollapalooza Stockholm in Sweden.
The Killers’ seventh studio effort, “Pressure Machine,” comes out in August 2021. The group shared seven new songs on a deluxe edition of the record in March.
Last year, the group revealed NME that they have embarked on a new “heavier” album. “It’s a bit more of a canyon rock type,” explains Brandon Flowers. “Perhaps my guess is that the Killers are a bit more traditional.”
Ronnie Vannucci added: “We were messing around on stage for a virtual gig last month and it felt like this rock n’ roll thing was happening. I can see we’re moving in that direction: something a little more energetic.”
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