Las Vegas’ finest, The Killers, returned to UK shores for the first time as a quartet in almost two years last week. Two sold-out, warm up gigs at intimate London venue Scala precluded their second headline slot at Hard Rock Calling at Hyde Park on Friday 24th.

‘Glamorous Indie Rock ‘N’ Roll’ from their debut offering Hot Fuss was the unexpected but welcome opener, whipping the crowd into a sing-along. The best bits from their impressive and eclectic back catalogue moulded much of the setlist, from the infectious zest of ‘Spaceman’ to the synth-dominated, gender-bending of ‘Somebody Told Me’, via their dark but dancey take on Joy Division’s ‘Shadowplay’.

Hidden gems from studio albums Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, and Day & Age provided the stellar backbone to the set; ‘Bling (Confessions Of A King)’, ‘This Is Your Life’, and ‘Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine’, all got an airing, delighting fans. Despite rumours circulating of the band playing new songs in the build up to Hard Rock Calling, no new material was offered, however new track ‘The Rising Tide’ was played at Scala earlier in the week.

The Killers appeared focused, confident and rejuvenated after their lengthy but much-deserved hiatus, with one eye closely on the path that lies ahead. Fresh from celebrating his 30th birthday last Tuesday, Brandon Flowers seemed content to return to his role as frontman alongside his bandmates. Flowers indulged in limited banter with his audience, but his flamboyance, charisma and showmanship mean he has the potential to be the frontman for a generation, and there is no denying that he has come a long way from the days when he hid behind the microphone looking like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

Signature songs ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ drew the whole affair to an orgasmic climax complete with stunning firework display, which was an undoubted message to fans worldwide and in particular to their rivals that The Killers are back.

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