Brandon Flowers says there’s ‘nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man’ at The Killers’ New York show

The band headlined Brooklyn's Barclays Center as part of the US leg of their 'Wonderful Wonderful' tour

Brandon Flowers imparted some words of wisdom about nobility tonight (January 9) as The Killers headlined Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The band are currently in the midst of the US leg of their ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ tour, which visited the UK last year.

Addressing the crowd a third of the way into the show, the frontman said: “There’s nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility is being superior to your former self. It makes me think of this song.” The band, which live now consists of only two founding members of the group in Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr., then played ‘I Can’t Stay’.

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Earlier in the evening, after opening with ‘Wonderful Wonderful‘ and ‘The Man’, Flowers shared a quote from stunt performer Evel Knievel. “[He] used to say before events how people pay their hard-earned money to see the attempt, not the perfect landing. We’re going to try our best to do this for you tonight.”

The band’s tradition of including a cover in their set continued, with them resurrecting their version of Dire Straits‘ ‘Romeo And Juliet’, which The Killers first covered in 2007 and have played at several other shows on the ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ tour.

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Brandon Flowers on stage at Barclays Center

After closing the main portion of the set with ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’, the band took a short break before the encore, which saw Flowers change out of his black suit into a gold glittery one. Ahead of finale ‘Mr Brightside’, he told the crowd: “Brooklyn, we gotta go. You’ve got to go back to your lives, we’ve got to go to DC. Listen, sometimes I know that life can be tough, but that’s just the way it goes. But sometimes it goes the other way too.”

As fans were exiting the arena, Vannucci Jr. approached the microphone and gave them one last message. “Thank you guys so gosh darn much,” he said. “If you didn’t enjoy yourself, tell no one. But if you had a good night, celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary or a first date or maybe a last date, tell everyone.”

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The Killers played:

‘Wonderful Wonderful’
‘The Man’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Spaceman’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Run For Cover’
‘I Can’t Stay’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘Shot At The Night’
‘Rut’
‘Humans’
‘This River Is Wild’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Romeo And Juliet’
‘Runaways’
‘Read My Mind’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘The Calling’
‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Mr Brightside’

Last year, The Killers announced they will be returning to the UK for two big shows this summer.

They play Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on June 23 and Bolton’s Macron Stadium on July 13. The gigs will mark their first stadium shows since playing London’s Wembley Stadium in June 2013. Tickets for both are available now.