The Killers preview ‘Battle Born’ at UK comeback show in Leeds

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Brandon Flowers and co play new album tracks at V Festival warm-up gig

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The Killers showcased material from their forthcoming new album ‘Battle Born’ last night (August 17) as they made their live UK comeback at Leeds’ 02 Academy.

Brandon Flowers and co, who were playing their first UK gig since their Hard Rock Calling show in June last year, played a handful of tracks from their highly-anticipated fourth studio album ahead of their headlining slot at V Festival this weekend.

Opening with new single ‘Runaways’, the Las Vegas quartet also treated the sold-out crowd to renditions of new songs ‘The Rising Tide’ and ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ while another track from the new LP, ‘Flesh And Bone’, was aired during their encore.

Although the band only paused on a couple of occasions to interact with the crowd, they still provided a hit-heavy set filled with fan-favourites from their back catalogue, too, including ‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘Human’, ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’, before closing with their 2006 single ‘When You Were Young’.

The Killers played:

[b]’Runaways’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘Spaceman’
‘The Rising Tide’
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘Bling (Confession Of A King)’
‘Shadowplay’
‘Human’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Read My Mind’
‘Mr Brightside’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘Flesh And Bone’
Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’
‘When You Were Young’

The Killers are set to headlineV Festival‘s Weston Park site in Staffordshire this evening (August 18), before topping the bill at the bash’s leg at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, tomorrow night (August 19).

‘Battle Born’, which is the band’s fourth album and the follow-up to their 2008 effort ‘Day & Age’, will be released in the UK on September 17. The LP has been produced by a series of big names, including U2‘s Steve Lillywhite, Rage Against The Machine collaborator Brendan O’Brien and Madonna producer Stuart Price.

To read a new interview with The Killers in which they open up about ‘Battle Born’, pick up the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.