The pair were performing at The Bunkhouse Saloon in Las Vegas on the first of their run of shows, where they honoured hometown heroes The Killers with a melancholic and stripped-back rendition of the track from 2008’s ‘Day And Age‘.
The Killers then responded by sharing footage of the cover and writing on Instagram: “An honour to have people we love do their take on our songs. Damned good. Thank you.”
While naturally leaning on material from their acclaimed self-titled debut album, Better Oblivion Community Center also covered The Replacements’ ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ as well as performing a ‘punk’ version of Bridgers’ own fan favourite ‘Funeral’ alongside Oberst’s Bright Eyes tracks ‘Lua’ and ‘Bad Blood’.
Better Oblivion Community Center’s setlist was:
Big Black Heart
Can’t Hardly Wait (The Replacements cover)
Exception to the Rule
Lua (Bright Eyes song)
Didn’t Know What I Was in For
Bad Blood (Bright Eyes cover)
Funeral (Phoebe Bridgers song)
Human (The Killers cover)
Speaking to NME about what to expect from the tour, Bridgers said: “I think we’re going to try to have fun with it, but we’re not quite sure what [the setlist will be yet].”
Oberst added: “The record is only 40 or so minutes, so in order for us to do a headline set we’re going to have to come up with some more material. I think [we’ll do] covers and maybe reworking some of our own songs too.”