Thursday, August 21, 2008
It's hard to imagine the Academy hosting a better gig than The Killers last night. A fantastic performance matched with brilliant quality sound made for a great evening. Opening with For Reasons Unknown followed by Somebody Told Me was a perfect way to start the concert. There were many highlights over the course of the show, with all three albums well represented. For me, the high points were Bones, When You Were Young, Tranquilize, Under The Gun and the two new songs, Spaceman and Neon Tiger. Spaceman in particular is definitely one of the best songs they've written so far on the basis of tonight's performance. Let's hope it translates on to the album. Sam's Town as well was amazing with it being a lot closer to the Abbey Road version than the one on the album.
It was my first time seeing the Killers and I'd heard a lot about Brandon's voice being weak in concert but I didn't find that in the slightest. His voice was very strong and really shone. He's a great frontman and the Academy stage was clearly too small for him. He'll have no problem working the crowd at Marlay Park tonight. The sound helped and really added to the gig. The crowd was good, especially during the big crowd pleasers, All These Things That I've Done, Mr. Brightside etc.
I'd be interested to hear how people got their tickets (I got incredibly lucky on Ticketmaster) because it certainly wasn't an easy ticket. Based on tonight I would say the band are still trying to find their true audience as it was a real mix tonight. The front row was almost exclusively young girls (certainly on my side) with the crowd getting more diverse further back (and more energetic. Still don't understand the fascination with watching the gig through a phone in order to get a crap video of it rather than just enjoy the show as it happens but maybe that's just me) . The differences between their first two albums are pretty clear and it'll be interesting to see what direction the next album goes in. It'll be tough for them to top this gig at Marlay Park later on tonight. It was most definitely a stadium sized show in a small venue and the songs were clearly built for big audiences. It was a pleasure to see them so up close and personal.
Here's a performance of Spaceman from America not so long ago. Trust me that live, this song goes to a whole different level. They've really got it nailed now.
Posted by Neil at 12:37 AM