The Killers blow a fuse but return unfazed at Christchurch Arena


The Killers perform in Christchurch.

Lee Kenny/Stuff

The Killers perform in Christchurch.

REVIEW: Brandon Flowers was just about to launch into the final song of the set when there was a bang and the lights went out.

The Killers blew a fuse at Christchurch Arena just as they were about to play All These Things That I’ve Done.

There was a moment when it felt like it was part of the show. It wasn’t.

The air tasted of smoke. Frantic crewmembers ran on stage with torches to diagnose the problem.

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The house lights came up. People made jokes. “She’ll be right,” said one bloke as he used the impromptu interval to get another beer.

After a ten-minute delay, the band returned, but the momentum was gone.

A lesser frontman might have struggled, but Flowers looked unfazed. The crowd cheered.

A minute later and he was strutting around the stage like an evangelist preacher.

If you remember early 2004 you were probably listening to The Killers. The Nevada band provided the soundtrack of the summer with their debut album Hot Fuss.

It was a time when people still bought CDs – cassettes even – and you couldn’t sit at a set of lights on Fitzgerald Ave without hearing Mr Brightside playing from the car next to you.

For a while, The Killers – along with Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys – were indie music’s mainstays.

Everyone had soul but no-one was a soldier.

Almost 20 years later and Christchurch was once again gripped with Killers fever as thousands flocked to see the band as part of their Imploding the Mirage tour.

 

The night opened with a bang and confetti filled the air.

A cheer went up. Yeah, Christchurch was excited.

But it took until track three – When You Were Young – for the place to really light up.

Flowers looked dapper in tight black slacks, heeled boots and a black jacket with red sequin lapels – you can take the boy out of Vegas.

“The pandemic may have kept us apart,” he told the crowd.

“But something has brought us together. Ain’t talkin’ about no vaccine. I’m talking about rock ‘n’ roll.”

The Killers blew a fuse at Christchurch Arena just as they were about to play All These Things That I’ve Done.

Lee Kenny/Stuff

The Killers blew a fuse at Christchurch Arena just as they were about to play All These Things That I’ve Done.

It was more of a sermon, capped off by “Can I Get An Amen”.

At times, it felt a little Christian Rock, but then Flowers would dial up the theatrics.

The Killers were always cinematic and as he sang Jenny Was a Friend of Mine, Flowers appeared on the big screen in black and white, like a scene from a 50s Film noir.

Later we would leap into the future. A synth played, and neon letters appeared at the back of the stage. Are we human?

His jet black hair in a quiff and his megawatt smile set to 11, Flowers covered every inch of the stage.

“And I’m on my knees, looking for the answer,” he sang, hand on heart.

With the hits checked off there was a nice moment when he serenaded us with a rendition of John Denver’s You Fill Up My Senses.

The fuse delay meant the band stayed on stage rather than leaving and returning for an encore.

It was as if they were conscious of running late and all those babysitters would have to be paid overtime.

As expected, they closed the night with Mr Brightside and everyone sang along like it was 2004.

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