Band debut new tracks at intimate show in Asheville, North Carolina
The Killers made a storming live comeback at an intimate show in Asheville, North Carolina last night (July 19).
The band debuted four tracks from their forthcoming new album ‘Battle Born’ – named after the words written on their native state Nevada’s flag – which is due for release on September 17.
As well as the track, ‘Runaways’, the first single from the album which you can hear below, the band played three other new tracks. ‘Rising Tide’ – which was first played at London’s Scala gig last year is a stomping dance track, while ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ – inspired by 1950s Las Vages nuclear testing parties where crowds watched the explosions through sunglasses, was up next.
The final new track, ‘Flesh And Bone’ opened the encore for ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’, from their 2004 debut ‘Hot Fuss’ and ‘When You Were Young’ from 2006’s ‘Sam’s Town’. Scroll down to watch fan-footage of ‘Rising Tide’, ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ and ‘Flesh and Bone’.
Ben Azadi, from Miami Beach, Florida said of the show: “The new material gave me goosebumps. They sound heavier, more like they did on ‘Sam’s’ Town, which is still my favourite album. I’m seeing them headline the X Festival this weekend, so it was rare seeing them in an intimate setting like this.”
The Killers played:
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘This Is Your Life’
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Read My Mind’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘Flesh and Bone’
‘Jenny Was A Friend of Mine’
‘When You Were Young’
To read a full review of the gig, plus an exclusive interview with Brandon Flowers, pick up next week’s NME, which will hit newsstands on Wednesday July 25, and will also be available digitally.
The Killers will make their UK live return at V Festival in August, headlining alongside The Stone Roses.
Watch ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’:
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Listen to ‘Runaways’: