“If you’ve been looking for rock and roll, you’ve come to the right place.”
This is what The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers announced as the almost sold out Schottenstein Center on Tuesday night.
The assassins seemed to exist in a timeless pod. They are equally reminiscent of nostalgia for the 2000s, but they also feel like an ’80s British rock and new wave band.
This is your modern rock star’s favorite band. They have two of the most popular audiences in Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me”, but for some reason seem criminally underestimated.
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All of the above was evident in the fan base that came to their Tuesday night concert at the Schottenstein Center. Fans ranged from kids going to their first concert, to twentysomethings and rock ‘n’ roll veterans.
Although they failed to dampen the noisy mainstream of their debut album Hot Fuzz, which turns 20 next year, their 2011 album Wonderful, Wonderful became their first No. 1 album on the US Billboard 200. Their latest album is Pressure Machine” came out in 2021.
While The Killers have gone through several iterations of their line-up, the group has finally reformed with three of their original members for their upcoming eighth album. Although they always have different touring lineups. The Killers have been pretty much a training ground for basement rockers in recent years, inspired by them since their 2003 mainstream debut.
While their Imploding the Mirage tour is named after their 2020 album of the same name, the show was a complete retrospective of everything from their beginnings to the present day.
Flowers even honored rock and roll legends that came before him, such as Elvis Presley wearing a black blazer, white tank top, black pants and black leather shoes.
At some point you could see that he feels the music in his body. At other times you could hear it from his soul as he sang Freddie Mercury-style notes.
Flowers’ voice can be lower than the bassist’s but still reach high pitches, such as singing in the Grand Canyon on songs like “Shot at the Night” and “Be Still”, the latter of which is the highlight of Flowers’ live vocal performance. .
There were moments in the songs when it was clear that Flowers’ energy had dried up and he was tired. During the performance of “Somebody Told Me”, although the audience liked Flowers, Flowers allowed the audience to sing most of the time. While this is understandable; he sings many lyrics in a row.
Flowers even noticed his voice about halfway through the hour and a half set. “When we came here tonight, I was a little worried about my voice,” Flowers said. “It’s scary, I just want to do you a favor.”
However, the energy of the crowd fueled Flowers.
“When we got on stage,” he said. “It just came back to me.”
Throughout the concert, Flowers smiled at the audience, as if reunited with old friends.
He even remarked that they now had “great success” playing at the Schottenstein Center. It seems that even The Killers have forgotten how iconic they are.
Although Flowers is the face and voice of The Killers, the talent of the band’s original drummer, Ronnie Vannucci Jr., is to be commended. His drum solos during songs like “Spaceman” and “A Dustland Fairytale” are mesmerizing and the crowd can’t get enough of it.
Electric guitarist Ted Sable, who was also one of the first, completely killed off (pun intended) his guitar solos on songs like “Caution”.
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There were many calls and responses from the audience throughout the concert, but towards the end of the show during “All These Things I’ve Done” the entire crowd sang one of the most iconic lines in modern rock. n’roll minutes before Flowers sang it.
“I have a soul, but I’m not a soldier.”
What does it mean? No one knows, but Flowers definitely has soul in the way he projects his voice. Flowers even noticed that no one projects his voice like he does. But he praises his band, especially Vannucci, for giving him a drive to the belt.
The show began and ended with confetti explosions, pyrotechnics, a laser light show, and rock and roll. The Killers didn’t leave it all on stage, they left it all in the crowd. Flowers crossed the barrier between the crowd and the stage many times. Vannucci even threw his drumsticks into the crowd at the end of the performance.
It’s safe to say that The Killers will remain in their rock ‘n’ roll status, but will they be the band we’d like to put more focus on when they’re gone?
Fortunately, we can now look on the bright side and be thankful that we don’t have to.