It’s been said that there’s no such thing as a Killers show in Las Vegas, and that statement will echo the sold-out crowds three times on April 15, 16 and 17, as the “house band unofficial city will launch the “Imploding The Mirage Tour”. at Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan.
For Friday’s opening night, The Killers showed up with everything that’s endeared them to their hometown crowds for more than two decades – a jumping, pumping and singing dance party for 3,200 siblings, neighbors and friends.
Frontman Brandon Flowers, backed by drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr., and guitarist Dave Keuning delivered a soulful, thunderous 90-minute biographical musical journey, performing songs from six of the band’s seven studio albums. (Missing from the setlist, Wonderful Wonderful). Rounding out the sound, touring musicians Jake Blanton (bass), Ted Sablay (guitar) and Robbie Connelly (keyboards) along with three backing vocalists took the stage. (Bassist Mark Stoermer is still on hiatus, but reports say he’ll be back for an upcoming eighth album.)
Having released two records since 2020, Implod the Mirage and pressure machinethe April 15 show marked the official live debut of many titles.
As the lights came on on stage at the Chelsea on Friday night, the screen showed an image of artist Thomas Blackshear’s “Dance of the Wind and Storm”, the cover of Implod the Mirage. To match the visual, the evening kicked off with the live debut of “My Own Soul’s Warning.” The first bars were met with a shower of confetti – usually such a thing is a closing moment – but this party was just getting started. Flowers then took the band on “Dying Breed”, also from Implode. Go back in time to Sam’s Town and Day and age with “Bling (Confession of a King)” and “Human,” the crowd quickly picked up the narrative of the night, traversing decades and albums on a symphonic magic carpet across the desert.
Presentation MTIFlowers’ “Blowback” shared that femininity played an important role in shaping the song and the album. “One of the words that floated around a lot when we were writing Implod the Mirage was femininity,” he told the crowd. “I was blessed by the woman in my life because she showed me that femininity isn’t just about having soft skin. There’s a lot more to it and a lot of strength involved. Steinbeck said a day that “a loving woman was indestructible”, and I say amen to that.” “Blowback” was preceded by the live debut of “Running Towards a Place” and, later, “Fire in Bone”.
Taking a break from the news, “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me” were firmly in the middle, with the signature line: “We are The Killers, presented by Fabulous Las Vegas,” the statement that drew cheers the loudest of the night.