The Killers brought the second day (August 23) of the Reading Festival to a close, previewing a track from their forthcoming third album.
The band who left the studio to headline the weekend’s event, included new song ‘Spaceman’ – its UK debut – in their bill-topping set on the Main Stage.
Performing in front of a backdrop based on the album art for their rarities and B-sides collection ‘Sawdust’, the Las Vegas band played a set that lent heavily on that record, though mixed it with songs from their first two albums.
Breaking straight into ‘For Reasons Unknown’, frontman Brandon Flowers kicked off the show playing bass with regular bassist Mark Stoermer doubling up on guitar.
“Hello we are called The Killers, brought to you by fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada,” Flowers told the crowd as the band switched back to their regular instruments for ‘Somebody Told Me’.
Joy Division cover ‘Shadowplay’, from the film ‘Control’ followed, along with fellow ‘Sawdust’ track ‘Sweet Talk’ and single ‘Bones’.
‘Smile Like You Mean It’ kicked off a loud sing-a-long, before the band played ‘Tranquilize’ with Flowers assuming all vocal duties with Lou Reed not present.
“We’re going to pick it up a notch, we’re going to steal some souls, shake some bones, get some meat,” Flowers then shakily told the crowd as his band launched into ‘When You Were Young’, triggering a firework cascade over the stage during the final chorus.
Stripping things back almost right away, Flowers took to the piano, performing most of ‘Sam’s Town’ solo.
‘Spaceman’ then received its first British airing – having being debuted at a fan club show in New York earlier this month – revealing a driving Bowie-sounding track, built around a strong bass groove.
Wrapping the show up by inspiring a loud crowd sing-a-long with ‘Mr Brightside’, The Killers soon returned for an encore.
Keeping the crowd in good voice, the band played ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’ and ‘This River Is Wild’.
Concluding with an epic version of ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’, the audience and Brandon Flowers united to bring the set to a climax, as confetti was blasted across the arena.
The Killers played:
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘When You Were Young’
‘Under The Gun’
‘Read My Mind’
‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’
‘This River Is Wild’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
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