The Killers covered Oasis‘ classic ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and offered a small preview of their forthcoming fourth album ‘Battle Born’ as they brought the first night of V Festival in Staffordshire to a close.
Opening with new single ‘Runaways’, the Nevada band only played one other song from their new album, a track titled ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’, but both songs were met with approval from the packed crowd.
Although the new material was well-received, the crowd reserved their biggest cheers of the set for ‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ and ‘Mr Brightside’, all of which became huge sing-a-longs with the packed crowd.
As well as this, midway through the set, singer Brandon Flowers addressed the crowd and said “We’re going to pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest” before launching into a cover of Liam and Noel’s 1995 classic ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’, accompanied by only a single guitar.
Playing in front of a backdrop of a huge mountain range, the band were supported by an amazing light show, complete with lasers, a glitter covered logo and a fluorescent lightning bolt in the style of the album cover of ‘Battle Born’. Iniitially clad in a fitted leather jacket, Flowers was sparing with his crowd interaction, only asking how people were feeling on a couple of occasions.
The 17-song, 90-minute set also included an airing of the band’s cover of Joy Division‘s ‘Shadowplay’ and fan favourites ‘Bling (Confessions Of A King)’, ‘Human’, ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’, ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ and ‘Spaceman’.
The band finished with their 2006 single ‘When You Were Young’ and thanked the crowd profusely, with Flowers telling them: “Thank you for staying around for us, we really appreciate it”.
The Killers played:
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘This Is Your Life’
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘Bling (Confessions Of A King)’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’
‘Read My Mind’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’
‘When You Were Young’
Earlier in the day, Miles Kane drew a large crowd to his set over on the festival’s 4Music Stage. The singer treated the crowd to a selection of hits from his debut album ‘The Colour Of The Trap’ and scored a huge reaction, particularly on the closing ‘Come Closer’.
Frank Turner, who played right after Kane on the stage, also drew a big crowd and played a thrilling set which focused on his latest album ‘England Keep My Bones’, while Tinie Tempah, playing on the event’s Virgin Media Stage, drew a massive crowd . The rapper, who was clad in striped pink vest, had a guest performer in the shape of Rita Ora, who came out to perform her single ‘RIP’ with Tinie.
Playing right before The Killers, Snow Patrol almost defeated them in the singalong stakes with big hits ‘Chasing Cars’ and ‘You’re All I Have’, which singer Gary Lightbody dedicated to Brandon Flowers and co.
V Festival in Staffordshire continues today (August 19) with sets from The Stone Roses, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Example, Ed Sheeran and Friendly Fires.