The Killers got their Battle Born world tour underway at Glasgow SECC last night (October 26) with a pyrotechnic-filled set that was amongst the longest they’ve ever played.
Coming onstage against the backdrop of a stormy desert highway, frontman Brandon Flowers – dressed in a black shirt and leather jacket – greeted the crowd by telling them: “It’s been too long, Glasgow!” and launching into ‘A Matter of Time’ from new album ‘Battle Born’.
The first half of the set was fairly heavy with new material, including ‘Flesh and Bone’ and new single ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’, though there were also old favourites in the shape of ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ and ‘Human’, which was accompanied by an impressive lazer show.
Flowers was in a chatty mood throughout the night, introducing ‘A Dustland Fairytale’ by telling the crowd that “We come from Las Vegas, Nevada, and it has a very distinct flavour. Where you come from, you have your own flavour, your own equation that makes you who you are.
“There are so many different ingredients that shape us,” he added. “For me, it was the way my old man walked, the way he talked. It was the desert, it was the lay of the land. This song is about when something very important was taken out of my equation, and I had to look inside myself to see if there was a void or not.”
The band’s production was relatively stripped-back – at least compared to Muse, who got their UK tour underway here two nights ago – but fireworks were set off throughout the set, though even that spectacle was secondary to the run of hits that brought the show to a close, with ‘Runaways’, ‘Read My Mind’, ‘Mr Brightside’ and a confetti-strewn ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ played in rapid-fire succession.
The band’s last song of the encore, ‘Battle Born’, featured a spectacular fireworks display.
The Killers played:
‘A Matter of Time’
‘Flesh & Bone’
‘Smile Like You Mean It’
‘Bling (Confessions Of A King)’
‘Miss Atomic Bomb’
‘The Way It Was’
‘Deadlines & Commitments’
‘Somebody Told Me’
‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine’
‘A Dustland Fairytale’
‘Read My Mind’
‘All These Things That I’ve Done’
‘From Here On Out’
‘When You Were Young’
The Killers’ UK arena tour is set to continue next week with shows in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Nottingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and London all scheduled. To check the availability of The Killers tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.