The Killers give a masterclass in maturing as a band during intimate show at Brooklyn Steel

Before their set at Brooklyn Steel, which was broadcast on SiriusXM’s AltNation, a radio station representative came on stage to hype up the crowd. “Have you ever seen the Killers in a venue this small?!” The truth was, some of us had, but we hadn’t seen the Killers this polished, this self-aware, and this eager to be at a venue this small.

The Killers are set to release their fifth studio album, entitled Wonderful Wonderful, on September 22, 2017. The lead single, “The Man,” pokes fun at decades of hyper-masculinity, from the small child drowning in a leather jacket on the cover to lyrics like, “When it comes to Friday, I always earn.” The song opened the show and even before a cover by David Bowie, set pace for a show that would be full of swagger and confidence. Brandon Flowers has always been a showman, but at Brooklyn Steel, he was a show, man.

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What followed was an explosion of hits, but with a sense that it was the hits Brandon Flowers wanted to be playing. The encore, for example, featured “Andy, You’re A Star” and “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine,” two songs that Killers fans know and love but won’t hear on the radio anytime soon. Of course, “Mr. Brightside” and “Human” also were fit into the set, but it felt like the encore was reserved for songs the band really wanted to play.

On stage, the Killers only partially resemble what they once looked like. The Killers released a statement in August confirming that both Mark Stoermer and Dave Keuning would not be touring with the band during their upcoming Wonderful Wonderful World Tour. Instead, they recruited Ted Sablay, a guitarist who has been touring and working with the band since 2006. Behind Flowers, drummer Ronnie Vannucci is still his usual oddball self.

There were several places where the Killers could have missed a beat. The setlist could have leaned too heavy on new music, or felt too much like a greatest hits tour. The band could have stumbled replacing half their band, and felt like they just clinging on to threads of what they used to be. Instead, The Killers embraced the Las Vegas glitter they’ve always been influenced by, and became an entirely new band that takes itself less seriously.

“The Man” and “Run For Cover” are catchy and glitzy. They sound like throwbacks to what The Killers would have been in 2007 if Brandon Flowers had the same confidence he has now. Fingers crossed all of Wonderful Wonderful will be like that.

Setlist:
The Man
Fame (David Bowie cover)
Run for Cover
Somebody Told Me
Spaceman
Smile Like You Mean It
Human
Shadowplay (Joy Division cover)
For Reasons Unknown
Read My Mind
Runaways
All These Things That I’ve Done
When You Were Young
Mr. Brightside

Encore:
Andy, You’re a Star
Life to Come
Jenny Was A Friend of Mine

The Killers 2017-2018 Tour Dates:
10/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/15 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/20-22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Lake Festival
10/27-29 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
11/06 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
11/07 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
11/10 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
11/13 – Manchester, UK @ Arena
11/14 – Manchester, UK @ Arena
11/16 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
11/17 – Belfast, IE @ SSE Arena
11/19 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
11/20 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
11/21 – Aberdeen, UK @ GE Arena
11/23 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
11/25 – Sheffield, UK @ Arena
11/27 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
11/28 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
01/05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
01/06 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
01/07 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
01/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
01/10 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
01/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
01/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
01/15 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
01/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
01/17 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
01/21 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
01/23 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
01/24 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
01/30 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
02/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
02/03 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
02/05 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
02/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

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The Killers give a masterclass in maturing as a band during intimate show at Brooklyn Steel

Before their set at Brooklyn Steel, which was broadcast on SiriusXM’s AltNation, a radio station representative came on stage to hype up the crowd. “Have you ever seen the Killers in a venue this small?!” The truth was, some of us had, but we hadn’t seen the Killers this polished, this self-aware, and this eager to be at a venue this small.

The Killers are set to release their fifth studio album, entitled Wonderful Wonderful, on September 22, 2017. The lead single, “The Man,” pokes fun at decades of hyper-masculinity, from the small child drowning in a leather jacket on the cover to lyrics like, “When it comes to Friday, I always earn.” The song opened the show and even before a cover by David Bowie, set pace for a show that would be full of swagger and confidence. Brandon Flowers has always been a showman, but at Brooklyn Steel, he was a show, man.

A post shared by Ken Grand-Pierre (@kenamiphoto) on

What followed was an explosion of hits, but with a sense that it was the hits Brandon Flowers wanted to be playing. The encore, for example, featured “Andy, You’re A Star” and “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine,” two songs that Killers fans know and love but won’t hear on the radio anytime soon. Of course, “Mr. Brightside” and “Human” also were fit into the set, but it felt like the encore was reserved for songs the band really wanted to play.

On stage, the Killers only partially resemble what they once looked like. The Killers released a statement in August confirming that both Mark Stoermer and Dave Keuning would not be touring with the band during their upcoming Wonderful Wonderful World Tour. Instead, they recruited Ted Sablay, a guitarist who has been touring and working with the band since 2006. Behind Flowers, drummer Ronnie Vannucci is still his usual oddball self.

There were several places where the Killers could have missed a beat. The setlist could have leaned too heavy on new music, or felt too much like a greatest hits tour. The band could have stumbled replacing half their band, and felt like they just clinging on to threads of what they used to be. Instead, The Killers embraced the Las Vegas glitter they’ve always been influenced by, and became an entirely new band that takes itself less seriously.

“The Man” and “Run For Cover” are catchy and glitzy. They sound like throwbacks to what The Killers would have been in 2007 if Brandon Flowers had the same confidence he has now. Fingers crossed all of Wonderful Wonderful will be like that.

Setlist:
The Man
Fame (David Bowie cover)
Run for Cover
Somebody Told Me
Spaceman
Smile Like You Mean It
Human
Shadowplay (Joy Division cover)
For Reasons Unknown
Read My Mind
Runaways
All These Things That I’ve Done
When You Were Young
Mr. Brightside

Encore:
Andy, You’re a Star
Life to Come
Jenny Was A Friend of Mine

The Killers 2017-2018 Tour Dates:
10/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/15 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
10/20-22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Lost Lake Festival
10/27-29 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
11/06 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
11/07 – Birmingham, UK @ Genting Arena
11/10 – Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
11/13 – Manchester, UK @ Arena
11/14 – Manchester, UK @ Arena
11/16 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena
11/17 – Belfast, IE @ SSE Arena
11/19 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
11/20 – Glasgow, UK @ SSE Hydro
11/21 – Aberdeen, UK @ GE Arena
11/23 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
11/25 – Sheffield, UK @ Arena
11/27 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
11/28 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
01/05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
01/06 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
01/07 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
01/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
01/10 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
01/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
01/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
01/15 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre
01/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
01/17 – Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
01/21 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Center
01/23 – Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
01/24 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
01/30 – San Diego, CA @ Valley View Casino Center
02/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
02/03 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
02/05 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
02/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

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