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Concert Review: The Fabulous Killers in Fabulous Las Vegas + Tour Dates

“Brandon Flowers quick- changed into a gold tuxedo and danced like a soccer mom for two hours.” – Fan at The Killers’ Staples Center Show, January 31, 2018

The Killers are the best live show you will see this year.

If you’re just listening to the album, you’re missing half the fun.  The Las Vegas four- piece creates epic music videos and their live show is a blast.  Synth- driven recordings become bangers live.  The Killers work plenty of sing- along bits into their songs and the sounds of a singing crowd bring tears of joy to lead singer Brandon Flowers’ big brown eyes.  The Wonderful Wonderful tour has fantastic production value, with confetti bursting from the ceiling not one but three times and gigantic, triangular screens blasting imagery like riled up rattlesnakes and the Tyson v. Douglas fight.  But even without the flashy lights, Brandon & Co know how to put on a show.

Reviews have called Flowers “the last rock star” and he’s definitely one of them.  On Saturday night, the Killers frontman channeled The King, The Boss, and The Brandon.  He played most of the show in an embroidered jacquard jacket in honor of Chinese New Year and changed into the tour’s signature sparkly suit for the encore.  Brandon was all smiles performing for his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada, saying, “are you going to show us a good time tonight?  Wait, fuck that-this is Las Vegas- we’re going you show YOU a good time.”  Brandon shared stories of the concerts he saw at the venue  (the MGM Grand Garden Arena) and growing up in the desert town between smashing, passionate performances.  The single- heavy set list included these songs, in alphabetical order:

  • All These Things That I Have Done
  • Dustland Fairytale
  • Human
  • I Can’t Stay
  • Read My Mind
  • Runaways
  • Run For Cover
  • Rut
  • Smile Like You Mean It
  • Somebody Told Me
  • Spaceman
  • The Man
  • The Way It Was
  • This River Is Wild
  • Tyson V. Douglas
  • Viva Las Vegas
  • Wonderful Wonderful

Encore (in this order)

  • The Calling
  • When You Were Young
  • Sam’s Town
  • Mr. Brightside

Brandon and drummer Ronnie Vanucci are the only original members touring, but they got a guy with big curly hair to replace guitarist Dave Keuning and a guy with sleek straight hair to play bassist Mark Stoermer.  Still, fans know the difference, and they also know every word to every song.  It’s worth the price of admission to see grown men singing their hearts out like little girls belting the Frozen soundtrack.

Their final words? “Drive safe, tell your friends.”  And people really oughta know what powerhouses these guys are live.  They only have one live album, Live at Royal Albert Hall.  It’s almost 10 years old and not on streaming services.  The Killers have a massive tour coming up- might I suggest another live album?  I’d love to see a live album do for The Killers what Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live 1975- 1985 did for them.  The live recordings blasted their back catalog with fresh light, established Bruce and his band as one of the greatest shows around and kept them on the road for the next 30+ years.  Both bands started as bar bands and both frontmen put on a hell of a show.  But hey!  See them for yourselves.  They’re on a massive world tour.

See a Killers show when you want to renew faith in humanity and dance your ass off.

FEB 3 2018

MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA

LAS VEGAS, NV, USA

FEB 5 2018

1STBANK CENTER

BROOMFIELD, CO, USA

FEB 6 2018

VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA

FEB 23 2018

TELENOR ARENA

OSLO, NORWAY

FEB 24 2018

ERICSSON GLOBE

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

FEB 25 2018

ROYAL ARENA

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

FEB 27 2018

MERCEDES-BENZ ARENA

BERLIN, GERMANY

FEB 28 2018

ZIGGO DOME

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

MAR 1 2018

ROCKHAL LUXEMBOURG

ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE, LUXEMBOURG

MAR 3 2018

ZÉNITH DE PARIS

PARIS, FRANCE

MAR 5 2018

LANXESS ARENA

KOLN, GERMANY

MAR 6 2018

SPORTPALEIS

ANTWERPEN, BELGIUM

MAR 15 2018

PARQUE VIVA

HEREDIA, COSTA RICA

MAR 17 2018

LOLLAPALOOZA ARGENTINA

SAN ISIDRO, ARGENTINA

MAR 18 2018

LOLLAPALOOZA CHILE

SANTIAGO, CHILE

MAR 21 2018

ASUNCIÓNICO

ASUNCION, PARAGUAY

MAR 23 2018

FESTIVAL ESTEREO PICNIC

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

MAR 25 2018

LOLLAPALOOZA BRASIL

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

MAR 27 2018

JOCKEY CLUB

SANTIAGO DE SURCO, PERU

APR 2 2018

ARENA MONTERREY

MONTERREY, MEXICO

APR 3 2018

ARENA MONTERREY

MONTERREY, MEXICO

APR 5 2018

FORO SOL

IZTACALCO, MEXICO

APR 7 2018

CORONA CAPITAL GUADALAJARA

ZAPOPAN, MEXICO

APR 20 2018

SPARK ARENA

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

APR 21 2018

TSB BANK ARENA

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

APR 24 2018

HORNCASTLE ARENA

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

APR 27 2018

BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

BOONDALL, AUSTRALIA

APR 28 2018

QUDOS BANK ARENA

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

MAY 1 2018

PERTH ARENA

PERTH, AUSTRALIA

MAY 4 2018

HISENSE ARENA

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

MAY 5 2018

HISENSE ARENA

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

MAY 6 2018

HISENSE ARENA

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

MAY 8 2018

ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

HINDMARSH, AUSTRALIA

MAY 18 2018

GULF SHORES PUBLIC BEACH

GULF SHORES, AL, USA

MAY 25 2018

BOSTON CALLING MUSIC FESTIVAL

BOSTON, MA, USA

MAY 26 2018

BOTTLEROCK FESTIVAL

NAPA, CA, USA

JUN 7 – 10 2018

BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL

MANCHESTER, TN, USA

JUN 15-17 2018

FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

DOVER, DE, USA

JUN 20 2018

ROCK IN ROMA

ROME RM, ITALY

JUN 21 2018

I DAYS FESTIVAL

MILANO, ITALY

JUN 23 2018

LIBERTY STADIUM

SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM

JUN 24 2018

ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

RYDE, UNITED KINGDOM

JUN 28 – JUL 1 2018

OPENAIR ST.GALLEN

SAINT GALLEN, SWITZERLAND

JUN 29 2018

ROCK IN RIO

LISBOA, PORTUGAL

JUL 8 2018

TRNSMT FESTIVAL

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM

JUL 13 2018

MACRON ARENA

BOLTON, UNITED KINGDOM

JUL 19 – 22 2018

BENICASSIM INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

BENICÀSSIM, SPAIN

JUL 19 – 22 2018

DEICHBRAND FESTIVAL

CUXHAVEN, GERMANY

JUL 21-22 2018

LOLLAPALOOZA (PARIS)

PARIS, FRANCE

JUL 24 2018

HARTWALL ARENA

HELSINKI, FINLAND

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