It’s been almost five years since The Killers last performed at Manchester Arena, but the band have returned to “their musical home” tonight and last night in light of their latest album release, Wonderful Wonderful.
Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada, The Killers open up with the first track on the new album, also named ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ before springing into their recent single, ‘The Man’. Confetti plumes burst over the audience to the funk infused track that is lyrically an artistic display of masculinity.
The Killers have an overwhelmingly large catalogue of songs that all deserve a place on the set list, but with a two hour gig and five albums under their belt, this simply wasn’t going to be possible.
Handpicking a variety of popular tracks from each album, The Killers delivered with their choices which ensured the audience were kept on their toes as to what track they were going to play from each album next.
Following on from the opening tracks, the band plunged into some of their arguably now retro songs, ‘Somebody Told Me’ and ‘Spaceman’ that are now surprisingly over ten years old. However, although the tracks came out over a decade ago, they certainly haven’t aged, with the audience chanting back the anthems to singer, Brandon Flowers.
Flowers took a moment to talk to the audience during their set about the band’s love for their ‘musical home,’ Manchester and it’s great bands such as Joy Division and Oasis, before dedicating the track ‘Be Still’ to those affected by the horrific tragedy at the arena earlier this year in may.
The poignant track encouraged the room to hold up their torches and fill the room with a sea of stars whilst the calming track resonated through the arena.
The band ended before their encore with the perfectly selected, ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ which had the crowd chanting ‘I got soul but I’m not a soldier’ relentlessly, before they returned for four more tracks.
Appearing on stage once more, Flowers returned in a slightly garish gold suit, before the band bowed out on their extremely well renowned classic, ‘Mr Brightside’.