The Killers and Tegan & Sara – AECC, Aberdeen 27/10/12
It’s the return to Aberdeen for The Killers supported by Tegan & Sara and a very welcome FnS reviewers debut for Pierced Princess.
The two unassuming young ladies who are Tegan & Sara took the stage and may not have initially looked strong enough to support the Killers, but within minutes of starting their set, any doubts were blown away. With tight melodies, beautiful harmonies and beautifully pitched voices, these two young sisters showed a mastery of their talents. Tracks like “back in your head” and “walking with a ghost” showed their talents off, with a sound reminiscent of their fellow Canadian, Avril Lavigne.
After a swift set change, and a brief dimming of the house lights, The Killers arrived on stage to a huge wave of sound from the crowd (sadly not an indication of the enthusiasm level for the evening). From the opening tracks “A Matter of Time” and “Flesh & Bones”, through the expected favourites “Somebody Told Me”, “Mr Brightside”, “Human” to the newer “Runaways” and the ballads like “Here With Me”, it was obviously a polished show even though its early in the run of the tour. Brandon Flowers was a consummate showman, moving over the stage like he belonged there, owning it, without overshadowing the talents of Dave Keuning (lead guitar/vocals) and Mark Stoermer (bass/backing vocals) who both took turns front of stage. Ronnie Vannucci Jnr was the usual powerhouse behind the band.
There was a good trip through Hot Fuss, Sam’s Town, Day & Age as well as the new Battle Born album, a definite crowd pleasing set as there was something for everyone, without it relying too much on the new album.
Brandon interacted with the crowd well, making references to Aberdeen rather than the cop out “Scotland” that some stateside bands rely on, constantly on the go to entertain, climbing on the stage and coming down to the front of the crowd to be close to the fans.
The final track of the set “From Here On Out” left the crowd shouting for more, and after the liveliest the crowd had been all evening, the boys granted their wishes, and burst back onto the stage for an encore.
The crowd seemed a little flat with “Be Still” a ballad from Battle Born, in the encore, but on the whole it was a fantastic set that moved well between tracks, and kept a slightly flat crowd as happy as they were going to be.
It seemed like a much more polished, grown up offering from the Killers, and reflects their growth as a band well.
Rating 9/10 – would have been a 10 but the crowd just flattened the atmosphere as they just didn’t seem to gel, being such disparate ages.
Words by Pierced Princess, pics by Still Burning.
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