The Killers made their Bellahouston Park debut last night as part of Glasgow’s Summer Sessions 2014.
Donning a pink sparkly jacket, frontman, Brandon Flowers and Co kicked things off with synth-pop soaked, “Somebody Told Me”. The Las Vegas band hit the ground running and took fans on a trip down memory lane with past hits, “Bling (Confession Of A King)”, “Spaceman”, “For Reasons Unknown”, “Human”, “Read My Mind” and Flowers introduced early single, “Smile Like You Mean It” by asking the crowd, “Can you believe our baby is 10 years old?” referring to debut album, “Hot Fuss” which was released in June 2004, “It’s your baby, too”.
This stint at Glasgow’s Summer Sessions was part of a victory lap across the world; their “Battle Born” toured started in late 2012 and stretched into 2013 including a debut stadium show at Wembley last June. The band played V Festival last weekend and a warm up gig in Liverpool last week to an intimate crowd at The 02 Academy.
Flowers congratulated Glasgow on their Commonwealth success last month before ripping into a rousing version of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” which has become a permanent fixture on The Killers setlist and the first of two covers for the evening; the second saw the band take on Simple Mind’s signature song, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” with the crowd in full voice.
Fresh from celebrating 10 years as a band, The Killers proved that they are still a force to be reckoned with; they sounded as sharp as Flowers was dressed and the live versions of “Runaways” and “All These Things That I’ve Done” blew the album versions out of the water. Flowers himself looked happy and confident as he strutted the stage a la Mick Jagger and chatted and joked with fans in-between songs; a walking contradiction of the epitome of rock star onstage and a mild-mannered married Mormon of three offstage, he has always been interesting to watch and his graduation from unsure, awkward frontman to full-frontal frontrunner has been a riveting ride.
If anything let The Killers down in Glasgow last night, it was their “fans”; a group of girls near the front mooned over Facebook rather than frontman, a tipsy guy a few rows back admitted the only song he knew was “Mr Brightside” (the daggers he attracted confirmed he was swimming in a pool of hardcore Victims and drowning was imminent) and two middle-aged women slurred seduction at nearby security thinking that the rules of the 1960s still apply and spending the gig posing for selfies with security and telling them jokes will get you backstage . . . the last I saw them they were arguing over which direction was the right one on Nithsdale Road. Flowers had to turn peacemaker when a fight broke out near the stage during the band’s encore, “Why is always the big guy picking on the smaller guy?” The flamboyant frontman was clearly disgruntled when he demanded, “Get him out of here!” and the super-slow security pushed him from hacked off to pissed off when they struggled to dissolve the situation.
“Shot At The Night” and “When You Were Young” saw The Killers bow out on a high and signature song, “Mr Brightside” was the euphoric conclusion everyone was waiting for; the torrid tale of paranoia and jealousy has become an anthem since its release in 2003 and it sounded as fresh a decade on and made it clear why the band have gone from playing in transvestite bars in Las Vegas to headlining Wembley Stadium in just 10 short years.
The Killers were on top form as they played Bellahouston Park their greatest hits, it’s just a shame they didn’t get to play them to their greatest fans.