NCAA March Madness Music Festival: The Killers
April 5, 2014
If you haven’t heard of The Killers, you must be really sheltered from music. The Killers are a Las Vegas rock band who fuses 80’s styled synth pop, heartland rock choruses, and indie rock bravada along with fashionista charm; having rose to stardom in the early 2000s, the band are four studio albums into their career. Their music has been featured in many movies and video games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Popular songs include but are not limited to “Mr. Brightside,” “Somebody Told Me,” and “When You Were Young.”
It was a rainy day and many people were just finishing watching the Florida vs UCONN college basketball game on the big screen on stage. Many Florida fans were very upset with their team being upset by UCONN and were looking to find happiness through The Killers. Right when the final buzzer went off for the game, there was a huge crowd accumulating in front of the stage. The event organizer walks out with a microphone and warns the crowd that because of severe weather the concert may be cancelled or cut short. This was received with loud boos and middle fingers being raised towards the event organizer.
Afterwards, The Killers takes the stage and opens with the guitar riff of “Mr. Brightside” from their debut album, Hot Fuss. The crowd cheers and everyone begins to sing along with the lead singer, Brandon Flowers. As the concert progressed, Brandon gets the crowd going by getting them to sing along on tracks such as “Spaceman,” “From Here On Out,” and “All These Thing I’ve Done.” The latter, long before the song started playing, had the crowd begin to sing the phrase “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” until the band started to play the song which was amazing, IMO. The concert slowed down a bit with tracks that weren’t as popular or well-known, but picked up when songs such as “Somebody Told Me” and “When You Were Young” began playing. Furthermore, there were crowd-surfers, a beach ball, and drum sticks being thrown towards the crowd by drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. and the crowd was very crazed and hyped up. Speaking of the crowd, the age demographic ranged from elementary-middle school kids to senior citizens, but hey! who would pass up a free concert especially if The Killers are playing?
View the full performance below along with the setlist.
Shot at the Night
The Way It Was
Smile Like You Mean It
Somebody Told Me
I Think We’re Alone Now (Tommy James & the Shondells cover)
For Reasons Unknown
From Here On Out
A Dustland Fairytale
Read My Mind
All These Things That I’ve Done
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
When You Were Young