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Brandon Flowers and the Tour of Awesomeness

November 20th, 2007 (07:47 pm)
current location: RMC (the place to be)
current song: Elvis Presley - Burning Love

The Killers - Australia 2007

The title says it all, people. Killers, Australia, Sydney, kukamukies, and me. And it was awesome. And it guess it always is, when you go to see one of your favourite bands for the first time. But that should not diminish the fact that seeing these guys was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life. For me, the only thing that even comes close to being on a par with what I witnessed on the 11th of November this year, was the first time I went to see Placebo perform live at the Enmore Theatre in 2003. There's just something about fantastic music, a frontman with a sexy voice and covered in make-up, a venue big enough to hold their majesty, supporting acts that clearly worship the people they're opening for, and hundreds upon hundreds of people singing along to the songs that have meant so much to you over the years, with you all laughing and crying and sighing and dancing all at the appropriate moments, in sync, no less. Awesome is the only word I can think of to describe it.

Those boys from Vegas were suitably impressive on the night - what amazed me was how readily they jumped into the whole thing, and how they decided to sing most of their hits right up front. Not that any of us were complaining about it! Ronnie was grinning, the wanky and creepy guys were being suitably wanky and creepy by turns, and Brandon was nothing short of acrobatic, running all over the stage and climbing up on top of equipment while he sang (incredibly on pitch, given all the other stuff he was doing at the same time!). What was amazing was how well EVERYONE in the vicinity knew ALL the songs - I don't know how Brandon wasn't put off by it, it was that loud. At least that should settle the score once and for all: Australia is undoubtedly the heartland of their biggest, loudest and most hard-core fans. As it should be.

But it was the series of encores that clinched the deal - they did 3 in total, the first of which was a 3-song bonanza which Brandon announced as their "Murder Trilogy"; second was one of the best moments of the night, where "All These Things That I've Done" managed to incorporate the biggest audience solo of all history, with the crowd singing "I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier" for what must have been a full minute and a half before Brandon joined in again; and then finally, to top it all off, they took the stage one more time, along with both their supporting acts (Louis XIV and Howling Bells) to sing that rock song of all rock songs, that never fails to invoke images of slippery slides and mass murders all at the same time - "Helter Skelter" by the Beatles! And it was fantastic! As kukamukies rightly said, though, that was truly one for the true fans of The Killers, who not only love them but also love the heritage of rock from which they come - half the teeny boppers in the joint had no idea what was going on, much less any idea as to what the song was, or it's significance. Oh well. Kukies and I certainly understood, and loved them for it. John have been proud. Who cares about Paul.

What I absolutely LOVED though, was the fact that there was a family sitting behind us, complete with their two children (estimated to be between the ages of 4 and 6). Not only were they so well behaved (compared to Kukies and I, of course), they knew every single song, and sang their little hearts out the entire time. That, for me, was the supreme example of the way in which The Killers have made their mark in the halls of rock and roll stardom - they have managed to transcend the generations with their sound, a true sign that they will be remembered forever. And who could ask more than that, really?




Posted by: oskar(ina) matzerath (kukamukies)
Posted at: November 20th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)

In that photo, wanky guy is being wanky BUT RONNIE AIN'T SMILING!!!

Just glad you enjoyed yourself as much as I did... but then I always knew you would!! LOVE YOU!!! xxx

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