The Killers at King Tuts, Glasgow: massive band, tiny venue, big chaos

King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, 8/7/2018

The Killers followed last night’s TRNSMT headline set by making their return to Glasgow’s legendary King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut. The surprise show was quietly announced on Friday morning and tickets sold out in under a minute, setting a new record for King Tut’s and sparking chaotic scenes as one of the world’s biggest bands returned to a venue they last played in 2004, when they were supporting now-defunct New York art-rockers Stellastarr*.

Earlier in the day, the band brought TRNSMT festival to a close with a spectacuar 90-minute set that kicked off with ‘The Man’ and saw frontman Brandon Flowers throwing shapes in his dragon-emblazoned suit jacket. “At the end of this show, I don’t want anyone in Glasgow saying we got away with it,” frontman Brandon Flowers told the crowd. “If we’re The Killers and you’re the victims, I want everyone to be saying, ‘Those motherfuckers onstage, they’re the ones who did it.’”

It was an emotional return for a band who have always had a special relationship with Scottish crowds, stretching back to their first T in the Park headline show in 2007, and this year was no different: not only did they play a snippet of Travis’ 2001 single ‘Side’, they also included a cover of Edinburgh band The Waterboys’ ‘The Whole of the Moon’, introduced by Flowers as, “one of the finest songs I’ve ever heard, and I dedicate it to all the women here tonight. In interviews they always ask you what song you wish you’d written and you always get stumped, but I think from now on my answer is gonna be ‘The Whole of the Moon’.”

The Killers play King Tut’s in Glasgow

After closing with ‘Mr. Brightside’, the band dashed across town to King Tut’s, where their hour-long set opened with ‘Midnight Show’, a deep cut from their 2004 debut ‘Hot Fuss’. The Killers have made a habit of playing these surprise gigs – they played The Garage after their Wembley set in 2013, not to mention their unscheduled appearance on the John Peel tent at last year’s Glastonbury festival – but this one felt particularly special, and featured rare setlist appearances from ‘Glamorous Indie Rock n’ Roll’ and ‘Enterlude’, capping off a hugely-successful second year for TRNSMT.