Despite The Killers’ NYC homecoming concert being cancelled due to a hurricane warning, the band have released footage of themselves performing an impromptu set backstage.
The original concert was planned for August 21st and saw 60,000 concertgoers descend on central park. Unfortunately, it was shut down halfway through due to concerns surrounding the public’s safety as well as that of the artists performing.
A large number of the artists on the lineup, which included Journey, LL Cool J, Santana and Barry Manilow, were able to perform their sets. But the event was shut down before many of the headline acts got on stage, and that included Las Vegas rockers, The Killers.
But eager to soften their fan’s disappointment, the band, fronted by Brandon Flowers, staged an intimate set in their dressing room. The set comprised of acoustic renditions of some of The Killers’ biggest hits, including ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘Read My Mind’ and ‘Human’ and was aired in part on CNN, courtesy of CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King.
Elsewhere, The Killers managed to showcase a selection of tracks from their forthcoming album Pressure Machine at a comeback show in New York on August 19th. As well as giving performances of their new songs, ‘In The Car Outside’ and ‘Sleepwalker’, the band performed old hits like ‘Mr. Brightside’, ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ and ‘Human’ along with tracks from their 2020 album ‘Imploding The Mirage’ including ‘Dying Breed’ and ‘Blowback.
Pressure Machine has marked a bit of a re-birth for the ’00s mega-band. Following a bit of a downturn in The Killers’ output, tracks like ‘Dying Breed’ reveal the band to be returning to their Utah roots. Their best-loved songs are those which are designed to be sung by thousands of people at muddy festivals, and although this album is a little less anthemic, it is still the best record the band have released in years.
It is subtle, introspective, and certainly a product of Flowers and the gang having had the time to really hone their songwriting throughout lockdown.