As Brandon Flowers and his band took the stage at Emirates Palace last night, while many of us were still queuing at the bar, it seemed like the three-hour schlep at least half of the crowd had made from Dubai might not have been entirely worth it.
His voice was shaky, he hardly acknowledged his screaming fans, and the less optimistic among us were recounting tales of ‘Killers gigs of old - back in the days when men were men and crowd interaction was half the fun.
Luckily for us, things picked up. Granted, hearing the classic 'Human' two songs in, while negotiating with an unfailingly polite, but fist clenchingly slow barman was not ideal, but once the crowds parted to reveal Brandon's black-clad form, posturing like his life depended on it, all seemed well with the world.
Indie anthem ‘All These Things That I Have Done' was the classic of the night, closely followed by ‘Mr Brightside' and ‘Jenny Was a Friend of Mine', not to mention Mr Flowers' impromptu acoustic asides.
Downsides included the predictably long queues to get in and out of the venue and the comedy bar set-up (no, we don't need to see your Tom Cruise moves, we just want a drink before the encore).
Luckily, gems like the lone security gentleman employed to wheedle out possible underage drinkers in the queue, using only his trained eye rather than the more traditional checking for identification method, more than made up for it. We're ashamed to say we hung around a little too long, hoping to be asked our age. No such luck.
All in all, The Killers rocked, but was it worth the six-hour round-trip for an hour and a half of one of the world's best live bands? Damn right it was.
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Phil Crescent Apr 14, 2010 12:19 pm
Fantstic gig, the band were in terrific form and we had a great time
Not sure why Jonathan Wallace went if he doesn't respect their music...what have you done that it 100% original and not based on your influences?
Anna Dec 17, 2009 01:58 pm
Totally agree with 'Mr Brightside's' comment. :)
Mr. Darkside Dec 17, 2009 07:14 am
When I heard about The Killers hitting Abu Dhabi, I figured this'd be as close as they'd ever get to my country. I flew from Pakistan to catch the first concert of my life - I had to dip into my savings and wait an epoch in immigration - when I finally reached the Emirates Palace ...
I forgot all the trouble and exorbitant expenditure I had gone through - to see The Killers - my favourite band perform LIVE - so that now when I YouTube their concerts, like I have been for years, I can say ... "I was there".
I don't care if this concert didn't measure up to their other gigs - the point is, for me it measured up to unreal lengths! And that's what matters.
julie Dec 13, 2009 02:30 pm
@Nisha - it's not true that Brandon almost never interacts with the audience. I've seen them in France, the UK and the USA and each time I've seen him there has been a lot of repartee, humour and quips between Brandon and the crowd. Maybe by the time he reached the Middle East he was a bit tired, its been a long haul all this touring around.
Brendan Dec 11, 2009 02:05 pm
I would have to kind of agree with this review. After seeing The Killers headline Oxegen Music festival in Ireland back in July and seeing them perform the exact same set list on the exact same stage, they were defiantly "flatter".
I think these other comments have some merit but I at least have the chance to make a proper comparison.