I’m actually a bit emotional writing this. Great, Mia, you’ve finally cracked.
First of all, a massive thank you to the universe for bringing me my best friend Leila. She just feels music the same way I do; that same passion, connection, beauty. Live music is a genuine passion we both share and it brings me so much joy to experience that pure electricity with someone that feels it the same way I do.
Hi guys! Today’s post – if you didn’t already guess – is going to be a write up of The Killers concert at 02 Arena in London on 28th November. I absolutely love The Killers; I feel like a lot of my music is very much influenced by my parents and the music I grew up with, but The Killers were one of the first bands that I really dove into myself and discovered purely on my own. They’re a really sentimental band for me and easily one of my favourites, so as soon as I found out they were playing in London I threw my money at that shit.
I’m writing this the day after the concert, while it’s still fresh; hence, the really vivid emotions. Oh – and here’s a video!
First of all, we’re going to talk about one of the things I think is definitely the most important when you’re at a concert: the atmosphere. One of the things I love the most about older bands, or bands that appeal to a wider age range, is when there’s a real mix of ages in the crowd. I know The Killers are hardly old, with their debut album being released in 2004, but I would say there were more older people; Leila and I were definitely the youngest in our section of the floor by a good decade plus.
I find it so beautiful to see how music can transcend age barriers and generational gaps; it’s such an emotional feeling to see so many people who typically wouldn’t go to raves or festivals or concerts go to experience their favourite bands. You know? Like seeing that a band had the impact to get people who may not enjoy that kind of thing to get up and go.
This was actually one of the things I really loved about Guns’N’Roses too; some people had been waiting 20 years to see them and it was such a profound moment to see how many different types of people were affected by the music. And it just adds a really palpable sense of anticipation to the entire experience; a strong sense of “I’m witnessing something beautiful and powerful.”
Regardless, it was a fantastic atmosphere. The only downfall was that people didn’t seem to know all the new stuff as well, so some songs (in terms of crowd engagement) were a bit weaker, but it wasn’t a massive issue. Also, with this kind of music (basically, any genres between rock to metal) you meet the most fun people, so even though they were older we ended up having a laugh and a chat with a few people round us.
But you want to know about the performance – understandable. Well, the first thing that sprung to my mind was:
Holy shit, his voice is amazing live.
Seriously, he has a brilliant vocal range (and accent!) and that kind of grandiose, almost over the top, way that he sings really comes alive in his live performance – and his vocal range can back that shit up. However, as I learnt with System of a Down, it’s not all about the vocals – it’s the perfomance.
Performance wise . . . again, brilliant. They were really engaging, there were lots of movement (and double arm pumping; I think we found their signature move) and Brendan Flowers knows how to put on a show. Plus, you know, two confetti cannons!
In terms of the setlist, I genuinely could not have asked for more. With Red Hot Chilli Peppers (I feel like this is the one I always come to when I’m disappointed with a set list), I felt like their weight on the new album stuff overpowered their classics . . . and I really like the new album (but they didn’t play The Longest Wave, which was my favourite off it and that was the only one I was really interested in), but how can the Red Hot Chilli Peppers not play Snow or Tell Me Baby ? Like, genuinely, can someone tell me?
Rant aside, The Killers’ setlist was amazing. The only somewhat big one I can think of that wasn’t played was Miss Atomic Bomb, but to be honest I couldn’t care less. From “Smile Like You Mean It” (which was the one I was literally praying for) to “Shot At Night” and “Spaceman” (which is one of my favourite songs that nobody? seems? to? talk? about?) to “Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine”, “Dustland Fairytales”, “When You Were Young”, “Human” . . . Oh, all the classics were there. There were some new ones in, but it was blended really well and there was no loss of momentum when the lesser known tracks were dropped because of how well they were mixed in.
One thing that did make me somewhat melancholy was Wonderful Wonderful (the title track of the album); before this concert, I hadn’t really given it much of a chance past the first listen. A lot of other tracks on the album stood out more to me. However, hearing it live and witnessing it played . . . I love it. I have a whole new appreciation for it and I’ve been listening to it on repeat like a crazy person.
It just kind of made me think of Linkin Park; their newest album wasn’t the best recieved. Their first single was . . . weak, if I’m honest. I really didn’t like it. The rest of the album was actually a lot better – and there are a few tracks that I really loved (“Talking To Myself” is one; “One More Light” makes me cry, but again it’s a good song) – but they’re a band that changes up their sound every album and, while they’ll always be one of my all time favourites, sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn’t. But I just remember an interview Mike Shinoda gave where he basically said “look guys, if you see this album performed live, it’s a totally different vibe (ie heavier) and I think the fans will actually appreciate it a lot more”.
If you guys aren’t Linkin Park fans, Chester Bennington (lead singer; fucking iconic voice) committed suicide earlier this year. I don’t think it was to do with the album reception to be honest (Chris Cornell, who was also amazing and lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, committed suicide earlier this year as well and they were good friends and Chester died on Cornell’s birthday, plus Chester has suffered depression for yars), but that experience of just watching that song I’d previously not been at all fussed about completely transform for me through a live performance just made me think . . . I don’t know. It would’ve been amazing to see the newer material played live to get a real feel for it. Moving on, anyways.
I honestly can’t describe to you how bloody good The Killers were. I think, aside from Steel Panther (who are a parody/comedy group who all are involved in music seriously too, so they sound professional…it’s complicated, but they’re brilliant), they were the best perfomers that I’ve seen in concert this year. But, again, Steel Panther are kind of a comedy act too – so they brought like 200 girls onto the stage, threw condoms out and crazy shit like that – whereas The Killers are a band performing. Oh, and Rob Zombie – but again, they’re kind of incomparable.
If you ever get the chance to see them live, please take it. You won’t be disappointed.
And that’s this post done! I hope you guys enjoyed it; are you fans of The Killers? Would you go see them live? Did you enjoy the video? Apologies for the rather terrible editing – it’s hard to edit a video of a concert with a few choppy ten second clips. Also, the outfit – did you like my pixie on acid look? Let me know your thoughts down below! (And follow me on Insta, I have social media growth goals to meet here, kids.)