Being over 9,000 miles away from their hometown in Las Vegas, the good-looking boys from The Killers were quick to adapt to Singapore last night on Sept 21.
While local and international acts like The Sam Willows, Weish, Bob Geldof, Dynamo and Cirque performed around the four zones at the 2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix in the early evening, scores of fans waited for The Killers at the Padang Stage whilst watching the qualifying rounds of the races.
Sporting a fetching red and white striped shirt, delightfully and coincidentally the colours of the Singapore flag, Brandon Flowers, with his hair coiffed like a gentleman, lit the stage on fire with show starter Mr. Brightside. Without a millisecond of hesitation, everyone on the ground was lifted straight up to cloud nine hundred and ninety nine, jumping and screaming like they never did before.
The Killers took us by our hearts through a continuous stream of familiar sounds, anthemic and electrifying, namely Spaceman, The Way It Was, Human and Somebody Told Me. Despite being uncomfortably pressed up against each other in the jam-packed venue, there was a unified sense of euphoria and pride amongst the sweaty fans. The additional heat from the Singapore weather became the least of our concerns as Flowers managed a few confident hellos in flawless mother tongue.
“Ni hao! Apa kabar! Vanakkam!” he exclaimed with a wide grin, midway The Way It Was. “It’s nice to finally see you all. You’re good-looking! They didn’t tell us how good-looking you were.” No, you’re good-looking, Brandon Flowers, you son of a gun.
His face glistened with perspiration as Flowers tickled the ivories to our all-time favourite Human. It was not long before The Killers entranced us with the hypnotic riffs of Shadowplay. Roaring from the stage to the very last person in the audience, Flowers’ voice echoed through every nook and cranny of the Padang. Now, what’s a Killers concert without a few classic covers? “Tommy James wrote this next song a long long time ago, but it still resonates today, resonates strongly today, strongly,” he proclaimed in an almost priestly manner, before singing I Think We’re Alone Now, one of their favourite songs to cover.
The Killers went on to a roll call, which unfortunately lacked bassist Mark Stoermer who couldn’t make it due to personal reasons. However, that didn’t stop lead guitarist Dave Keuning from killing it with the solo. His afro-tastic rock and roll curls were as epic as his solo was deliciously groovy. As for the one and only beard-tastic Dr. Ronnie “Unstoppable” Vannucci Jr., he murdered the drums with rhythms and beats that shook the grandstand.
The best moment came with All These Things That I’ve Done. Nothing beats the triumphant feeling of chanting on the top of our lungs with thousands others the anthem that resonated in all of us: “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier!”
When he strode up the aisle and pointed in our direction and smiled, roughly three metres away from us, for a second, we finally got to taste what heaven felt like.
Before the concert closed at midnight, Flowers teased us, “Is there something else that we can offer you? What else can we possibly have left to offer you?” It was tempting to respond recklessly with “your drop dead gorgeousness”, “your number” or “your hand in marriage”, but no Killers concert would be complete without the song of paramount significance to us fans – When You Were Young. It was the best song to end the show with, but also the worst because naturally we would want an encore. Unfortunately, we didn’t get one last night.
Nonetheless, we couldn’t stay mad at them for that because we have only love to give, one that was sure as heck well deserved. “Majulah Singapura!” bellowed Flowers, whose display of patriotism for Singapore could put any Singaporean to shame. With those two words, cutie pie Flowers rendered all boyfriends and husbands nonexistent on that night.
The concert might have ended hours ago, but we’re still rocking it out with The Killers in our heads; we believe it’s going to be like that for a while. Though their roots stem from Las Vegas, they’ve already become a part of Singapore in our hearts, and they’re welcome to return any time they want – let’s just hope it won’t be long!
The Way It Was
Smile Like You Mean It
Bling (Confession Of A King)
Somebody Told Me
I Think We’re Alone Now (Cover song)
For Reasons Unknown
From Here On Out
A Dustland Fairytale
All These Things That I’ve Done
Read My Mind
Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
When You Were Young
Featured image courtesy of Shawn Lin.