RBC BluesFest25 – The Killers @ City Stage –July 7, 2019

Frank Sinatra’s “Luck be a Lady”, was the intro song playing in the background for the Killers’ entrance onto the stage tonight. It eventually merged into their opening song “The Way It Was”.

The band’s frontman Brandon Flowers (looking gorgeous and suave) was wearing one of his signature satin suits. Its hard to believe that 18 years has gone by since the band first made its debut. And, after all these years, they have stayed true to their image and sound. 

The show was so eventful with a “ spacetacular” laser light show and pink exploding confetti.

The Killers always take “audience participation” to a new level at their shows each time they pull a fan from the audience to play with them. Tonight, we had the pleasure to see “Tony”, the fan who played drums with them at the Glasgow music fest in 2018. Flowers spotted Tony standing in the front row and said “ Hey, I know you”, then he summoned Tony onto the stage and the fan took over the drum kit and played “For Reasons Unknown” with the band. He played incredibly well. If the Killers ever need a new drummer, they will know whom to call.

The grounds at the City Stage venue was packed shoulder to shoulder with fans but there was still room enough to dance, and when they played “Mr. Brightside” as the final song of their encore, it seemed like everyone including the staff, danced and sang to that song until the end.

They indeed “killed it” tonight, under the stars and a beautiful crescent moon, leaving us with a special souvenir. 

The band will move on to play at Caesars Windsor Casino in Ontario on July 9th, then they are off to play two more shows in the US finally ending their tour at the Woodstock’s 50th anniversary concert.

Band members:

Brandon Flowers

Dave Keuning

Mark Stoermer

Ronnie Vannucci Jr.

Set list:

Jenny Was a Friend of Mine


Somebody Told Me


Spaceman


The Way It Was


Shot at the Night


The Man

Run for Cover


Smile Like You Mean It


For Reasons Unknown


A Dustland Fairytale


Lovers in a Dangerous Time (Bruce Cockburn cover)

Runaways


Read My Mind


All These Things That I’ve Done


When You Were Young


Human 


Mr. Brightside

Photo credit: Greg Kotz

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