The Killers pay tribute to Elvis and Interpol during Governors Ball headline set

The Las Vegas band closed out a soggy second day at the New York festival

The Killers paid tribute to both Elvis Presley and Interpol as they headlined the second day of Governors Ball 2016.

The Las Vegas band delivered a greatest hits set featuring tracks from across their back catalogue. Alongside those songs, they also performed two covers.

The first, a version of Interpol’s ‘Obstacle 1’, was preceded by Brandon Flowers talking about the importance of New York in indie’s resurgence in the early noughties. “You had the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs,” he said. “But there was another band who were darker and more mysterious. [Interpol’s] first album was on constant rotation while we were making ‘Hot Fuss’.”

Later, the band also played Elvis’ ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, but gave no introduction or comment on the track after.

Elsewhere in the set, the group played ‘Glamourous Indie Rock’n’Roll’ from their 2005 debut album ‘Hot Fuss’ for the first time in years. “We haven’t played this one for five or six years,” Flowers explained beforehand. “We shelved her for a while. I hope you like it.”


The band left the stage as silver confetti rained down on the audience following ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’, returning shortly after for a three song encore. After ‘This Is Your Life’, Flowers said “We couldn’t go all the way from Las Vegas to New York and not play these songs.” The Killers then finished on ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’ and ‘When We Were Young’.

Governors Ball continues tomorrow (June 5) with performances from Two Door Cinema Club, Whitney and headliner Kanye West/.

The Killers played:

‘Mr. Brightside’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘Bling (Confession of a King)’
‘Human (intro)’
‘Shot at the Night’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll’
‘Obstacle 1’
‘For Reasons Unknown’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’
‘Read My Mind’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘This Is Your Life’
‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’
‘When You Were Young’