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The Killers take Paramount Theatre crowd on a rocking ride
The Killers take Paramount Theatre crowd on a rocking ride
by Richard Kennedy - SGN A&E Writer

The Killers
October 12 @ Paramount Theatre


Following the theme of their latest album Sam's Town, The Killers brought a demented carnival feel to their performance at the Paramount Theatre last week. It's not the most unique idea, since rockers from Tom Waits to Nick Cave have done it for years. But was it a lot of fun? YES! And the sold out crowd definitely thought so, as they screamed and rocked through the entire set.

After a prerecorded calliope tune brought the lights down, fans rushed the front of the stage and the always-sexy Brandon Flowers, with his fellow band mates, opened the show with the title track from their new CD. Then, while squatting down and speaking into the microphone, Flowers offered an "enterlude" with "We hope you enjoy your stay, it's good to have you with us even if it's just for the day. Outside the sun is shining, it seems like heaven ain't far away."

Flowers, dressed in a black suit and bolo tie, launched into the second number, "When You Were Young", and was drenched in sweat at this point. Wearing his new trademark moustache he belted," You sit there in your heartache / waiting on some beautiful boy to save you from your old ways / you play forgiveness / watch it now - here he comes." Bitter lyrics that clearly display his influence from Morrissey, but the music is much different, especially the new songs, represented heavily during the evening.

Plain and simple, The Killers really rock. Concertgoers jumped up and down, fists waved in the air, and the sound was much edgier. Even "Somebody Told Me," which came later, had a harder feel than the rock-glam feel it had on the first album Hot Fuss.

The Killers have mainstream success now, and that was very evident by the audience. Much of it was comprised of youngsters, teens, and believe it or not, even a few children. Gone are the days when the group played at The Crocodile as hot Gay hipsters cheered and swooned at Flowers. These fans knew the lyrics, gave great energy and danced their asses off, but it was obvious that the easily jaded indie scene of Seattle may have written them off.

These days, young music listeners dominate fan sites and get offered dibs on tickets before the general public. As for the mere handful of hot Queers that were at the concert, I shudder to think maybe this harder-sounding album from The Killers and mass popularity might have turned them away. Call me fickle, but some excitement was lost with all the frat boys bouncing around me. I missed my hipster fags.

More new tracks, like "Bones," "Bling" and "Read My Mind" continued the set list before "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine," Midnight Show" and "Mr. Brightside,", all from the first album, closed the show. The audience made it known that The Killers were not leaving without an encore, and they went mad when the band came back for "My List," "Uncle Jonny" and "All These Things That I've Done." Finishing with the lyrics "Over and out/ last call for sin/ while everyone's lost / the battle is won" and "I've got soul / but I'm not a soldier" had everyone's arms waving.

Flowers creatively faded out with an "exitlude" to compliment his opening. "Aggressively we all defend the role we play / regrettably times come to send you on your way", and then the band joined him with "It's good to have you with us even if it's just for the day. Outside the sun is shining, it seems like heaven ain't far away."
 

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