Band stay silent on their future as they launch 'Direct Hits' compilation
The Killers thanked British fans for their early support as they played a one-off gig at London’s Eventim Hammersmith Apollo last night (November 6).
It was the Las Vegas four-piece’s first show in the UK since they played Wembley Stadium and the nearby Garage club on the same night in June, and their only British concert to mark next week’s release of their singles compilation ‘Direct Hits’.
Interrupting ‘The Way It Was’ early in their 90-minute set, frontman Brandon Flowers said: “There’s something in the air tonight. We’ve been coming here for ten years, and you were the first ones to make us feel worth it. Damn! You gave us the confidence that we could do anything.” He then added the line “Coming back from London Town” to the song, which originally featured on 2012 album ‘Battle Born’.
Flowers looked like he enjoyed the rapturously-received show, shaking hands with the front rows throughout, and climbing the amps to tease fans as if he was about to dive into the crowd. But he stayed silent on the band’s future, which had come into question after bassist Mark Stoermer admitted he hates touring and drummer Ronnie Vannucci stating that the band were set for a hiatus similar to the four-year gap before ‘Battle Born’.
Flowers mainly stayed silent between songs, though before ‘From Here On Out’, he said: “I know it’s a Wednesday. It’s our Wednesday night too, but I know you’ve got your dancing shoes.” At the start of the encore, Flowers said: “We can’t come all the way across the Atlantic Ocean and not play ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’.” He threw his bottle of water into the audience at the end of the song.
After final song ‘Mr Brightside’, the band came together at the centre of the stage and bowed before the fans, Flowers pumping his fists as they silently walked off.
The show was centred around the singles on ‘Direct Hits’, with 13 of its 15 songs featuring. The only non-singles performed were ‘From Here On Out’, ‘Jenny Was A Friend If Mine’ and their regular cover of Joy Division’s ‘Shadowplay’.
The Killers played:
‘Shot At The Night’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘From Here On Out’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Read My Mind’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’
‘When You Were Young’