The Killers and Iann Dior at Firefly Music Festival by Shervin Lainez
The Killers perform on The Tonight Show 9/23/21
📸: Bryan Bedder for NBC
thoughts on best live show/s and why?
whew ok sorry for the late response but here goes! (in no particular order really)
obviously their 2019 glasto headliner was absolutely incredible. A solid setlist delivered with power and joy. add in the bonus of special guests and great covers and it really makes for one hell of a show (not to mention the sinful teasing of him rolling up his sleeves before atttid…help).
live from royal albert hall. full offense but i Will fight anyone who says his vocals are bad at this show or that he seemed timid. every time i hear human i always yell “LONDOOOONNNN” internally because that performance is so iconic. i adore that version of i can’t stay with the long piano outro (and a capella), and the cool interlude in bling where he runs up into the balcony?? the band was absolutely crushing it, how can anyone say it’s a bad show lol also sweet talk during the encore. enough said.
yeah festival in argentina. the energy in this sam’s town era show is very different from their recent sets, but it’s definitely my fave from the st era. the setlist itself is 🔥, from the intense opening, to the really cool acoustic tranquilize. there’s a real rawness to the vocals and you can really see how brandon worked hard this era to improve his stage presence.
glasto 2005. it’s nice hearing some hf deep cuts that they rarely play now, plus some offerings from sawdust. not to mention the “i don’t feel like fucking her no more” version of all the pretty faces.
for battle born era i’m partial to the ncaa march madness show, but a lot of that is because i think brandon looks like such a snacc and am so weak for that red letterman jacket and his soft hair. the only video of the full set doesn’t have the best audio quality, unfortunately.
I totally agree with you about BattleBorn. That verse in Runaways always punches me straight to the heart. And the BattleBorn lyrics itself... "When the night falls on the land/Are you haunted by the sound?" I mean, come on!!
I feel the issue critics have with BF's lyrics being "cheesy" is more due to the fact that his lyrics can be very earnest. At least for the UK audience it's too many emotions that they can't handle and it makes it easy to mock. Like the cellphone line everyone always pulls as the evidence of "cheesy". It's such a mystery to me. How is it cheesy?? Everyone these days has their partner/crush's photo on their phone. "I don't want your picture on the cellphone/I want you here with me" It's just real. I wonder if 18 months of pandemic Zoom calls changed people's perspective on the line.
(you are right about the soul of a truck tho. No, B. Just no.)
i know!! there’s so many more great lines in bb (song) (did they break your heart? did they cause your soul to mourn? remember what i said, boy you was battle born oof!! gets me every time!)
that could be a possibility, but a lot of americans give him hate for “cheesy” lyrics too and i just don’t see it. idk, maybe i just like cheese too much to care lol. and YEAH the hate that here with me gets is v undeserved imo! sure the lyrics are not very complex, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still evoke emotion in the audience. like idk about you but i 100% have felt the heartache and yearning of wanting someone you love who is far away (for whatever reason) close to you. and like you said, that’s hit especially hard now during the pandemic!
thoughts on ideal setlists
oh god this is so tough!!!
well first of all i would LOVE for them to start playing longer sets–it’s really the only way the include both all the old classics that fans expect/want to hear and have a good bunch of newer songs that they want to showcase. even just pushing shows to 2 hours would make a huge difference i think. that’s like a good 5 extra songs they could fit in.
so for me i personally do wanna hear all the hits and would for sure want them to keep the following as staples (i’m not going by setlist order, that’s too much work): mr. b, atttid, read my mind, human, spaceman, runaways, the way it was, the man, and dying breed.
then i’d like to get some deeper cuts: change your mind, sam’s town, sweet talk, losing touch, this is your life, flesh & bone, miss atomic bomb, battle born, just another girl, tyson vs. douglas, my god, when the dreams run dry, and mosw.
that’s 22 songs, which is pretty standard for an hour and a half show. if they were to bump up the sets to 2 hours then i’d add in a mix: wywy, indie r&r, the calling, river or bling, and maybe another sawdust track like all the pretty faces or tranquilize.
and honestly controversial opinion but like. i would be fine not getting stuff like wywy or somebody told me bc tbh i think both of those are a bit. overrated. i’d rather get something rare from bb or other singles like i like more tbh.
Thoughts on group Halloween costumes?
Ok I’m actually not a huge fan of halloween tbh!! I hate spending time or money on a costume that I’m never gonna use again lol
BUT at my old job my coworkers and I did group costumes and won the office costume contest 3 out of the 4 years which was definitely a lot of fun! Group costumes are definitely the way to go, they’re much more fun than just doing your own thing and make for hilarious photos later!
thoughts on favourite lyrics?
Oh man this is a great one thank you! I know critics give Brandon a lot of shit for being cheesy but idk I’ve never found them to be particularly cringey?? (With some exceptions though ofc…I’m looking at you you’ve got the soul of a truck…)
Also like…maybe unpopular opinion but I genuinely think battle born has some of the best lyrics:
* With my face flashing crimson from the fires of hell
* The whole like. Ending monologue in flesh & bone??? It’s so good and I will fight brandon for thinking it’s cringey tbh
* At night I come home after they go to sleep//like a stumbling ghost I haunt these halls//there’s a picture of us on our wedding day//I recognize the girl but I can’t settle in these walls like HELLO the storytelling here (in all of runaways tbh) is just SO delicious
* The entire first verse of be still?? The whole song is just my anti-panic attack song, it’s so soothing and calming
* All of MAB really
Then for other albums like Brandon really wrote “I’m so much older than I can take” at age 22 and it just HITS
The bridge in rmm…holy shit??? And his delivery of I wanna breathe that fire again especially. Chills.
All of Dustland like HELLO. No wonder they did a remake with Bruce, his writing style is all over that one.
There’s gonna be opposition//but we got everything we need. Puddle of tears, WHEN am I gonna find someone who loves me like that PLEASE
Anyway I love Brandon’s lyrics and writing style and it’s so hard to choose favorite lyrics because there is just SO many to choose from
thots on best brandon outfits?
oh god…this is gonna be so long. in an effort to not make this a 300 page dissertation, i’m excluding stuff he only wore in photo shoots and stuff. here we go:
first the red military-style jacket he wore most notably at manchester on the tde tour:
this look is honestly perfect. he is an actual disney prince and it makes me Insane. he looks so good in red, and the gold details are just chef’s kiss. genuinely one of his Peak Looks™️, especially with perfect tde hair before it went full neck curls. does he know i’d die for the one curl in the front? because i would, i really would. if he ever brought this jacket back i would absolutely pass away like WHEN is this man going to climb my tower (😏) and save me from my old ways??
the star shirt my beLOVED:
in either the classic short-sleeved form, or the more rare long-sleeved version with the vest, this look is so SO good. the tight black pants and combat boots were so simple but make me SO weak. and the way the shirt would cling to him when he got sweaty?? and how the nevada necklace perfectly nestled into the unbuttoned collar??? hello 911? yes there is a woman here who has stopped breathing. pls send help ASAP.
the grandpa/carpet vest:
UNIRONICALLY this is one of his Best Looks ever and i do NOT accept criticism thanks!!! if you insult it 3 times i appear in your room and k*ll you instantly. the rolled sleeves of the white shirt underneath?? the tightness of the vest? the soft brown color looks so good on him and the pattern is interesting and fun. if the itm/pm tour turns into flamingo 2.0 in terms of looks i DEMAND he brings this back. 20/10, stunning, talented, amazing, spectacular.
sam’s town decennial suit:
do i even have to say anything about this one? the way his shirt gets soaked (i’m really channeling gemma for this ask, huh?) and is so exposed because of the low-cut vest is SO oppressive. the pinstripes make him look tall and somehow even more USDA Certified Lean™️ it’s so unfair??? this look is so classy, we love a frontman who cares so much about his look.
sparkly valentino jacket:
how fucking gorgeous is the way this jacket sparkles when he moves???? the flames and stars give it a lowkey cowboy vibe, but like. a classy one who has an expansive ranch that he hires other people to take care of as his sips sweet tea from the porch in high-heeled boots. it’s really a tragedy that i’m 99.9% sure he wasn’t allowed to keep it because we really deserved to see this beauty more than once. he looks so good in blue and really needs to wear it more.
red is absolutely his color, i will fight you on this. i’m just really so weak for this look, i don’t know what else to say. he looks like the captain of the basketball team and i go to games literally just to watch him. i would let this brandon bully me and shove me into a locker and i would thank him, honestly.
the Gold Suit™️:
how iconic is it that he felt too self-conscious to wear the full outfit during sam’s town but he kept it and absolutely rocked it during ww…king. i also love how his thighs were Too Powerful and he kept busting the seams but it didn’t stop him. literally where would we as a society be without him performing the calling in this outfit??? a true highlight of the tour for sure, i’m very sad at the thought he won’t see it again next tour
this metallic jacket:
he’s only worn it a handful of times which is really a hate crime against me specifically because it’s??? so???? pretty?????? the bluish green color is just chef’s kiss, and i love how shiny it is under the lights. he really doesn’t wear enough jewel tones but he SHOULD because he looks great
and finally, our lord and savior, levitcus:
YES this look is A Lot™️ and shocked me immensely the first time i ever saw it. it really takes your breath away. but i eventually saw the light and realized the true beauty of the long velvet coat paired with the scruff, sunglasses, and weird bead necklace. this was bold and i think began his weird commitment to the aesthetic despite how hot it is when performing.
thoughts on imploding the mirage 🥰
ooh, thank you! i had such mixed feelings in the lead up to itm’s release, it was really an emotional roller coaster between when caution was released to when the album finally dropped. i hadn’t really been listening to tk in the weeks leading up to its release, so i hadn’t really overplayed any of the singles. i immediately loved the more light and upbeat tone of the album compared to ww, and it really felt like a much-needed breath of fresh air and optimism at that point.
i generally liked all of the songs, but couldn’t really relate to people who were placing the album among their top 2 or 3–i liked it all well enough, but didn’t think it quite held up to my faves. but honestly i have definitely started appreciating it more in the last few months, and even though it’s my 4th fave album, it’s definitely a very high 4. mosw, dying breed, and caution all have quintessential tk vibes while still sounding fresh and new. i loved their collaboration with women like kd lang and weyes blood, they bring so much beauty to their tracks.
i’m actually like. really bummed that itm has been getting shafted so much during these warm-up dates so far, because the album is FULL of songs that are just. absolutely perfect for a live show. they’re fun, big, and catchy af. brandon had no idea when he wrote my god what kind of power and meaning the line it’s like the weight has been lifted would have but…my GOD the thought of an entire arena singing thought makes me tear up. i just. really REALLY hope they give it the attention it deserves when they properly tour next year bc tbh i would much rather hear itm deep cuts than anything on pm :/